Hrvoje Benko is a research science manager at Facebook Reality Labs where he leads a research group focusing on novel input devices, interaction techniques and adaptive interfaces in augmented and virtual reality. His interests span augmented and virtual reality, interactive projection mapping, haptics, new input form factors and devices, as well as touch and freehand gestural input. Hrvoje Benko is the co-author of more than 60 scientific papers and journal articles and holds more than 40 patents.  He served as General Chair (2014) and Program Chair (2012) of the ACM User Interface Software and Technology conference. For his publications he received several best paper awards at the top publication venues in his field, including ACM UIST, ACM SIGCHI, and ACM CSCW. He served as the Information Director and Associate Editor for ACM TOCHI journal, the premier journal in the Human-Computer Interaction field.

 

Prior to his current role, he was a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, where he had the priviledge of working on several projects that were released as Microsoft products or as open-sourced projects, including Microsoft Touch Mouse, Windows Touch Visualizations, and RoomAlive Toolkit. He is also one of the founders of studio99, a magical group of mad artists and crazy scientists that work together to inspire new ways of thinking at Microsoft. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in 2007. His work has been featured in the mainstream media (including The New York Times and Forbes) and on popular technology blogs.Some of his more widely publicized interactive projects include IllumiRoom, RoomAlive, OmniTouch and MirageTable.

 

More detail can be found on his website: http://www.hrvojebenko.com/.