As a recent PhD graduate from the University of Otago, I am currently working as a software engineer at Moxion. I am interested in the VR, AR, film, and game development industries to apply what I have learned throughout my time at Otago, and come up with new ideas to put out into the world. I have a broad range of interests that ultimately led me to begin studying in the Department of Computer Science with a minor in Music Technology in 2012.
I have always had a passion for science and problem solving, with a creative side driven by my hobby as an average-to-poor guitar player. This drew me initially toward the graphics side of computer science, with my first project being a real-time ray tracer written in OpenCL. From here, I explored concepts of Computer Vision with my Master’s project in detecting overhead power lines from terrestrial photographs.
With experience in the fundamentals of computer graphics and vision, I began my PhD in Augmented and Virtual Reality with the hope to make a contribution in such a fast-growing research field. Under the supervision of Stefanie Zollmann, Steven Mills, Tobias Langlotz, and Jonathan Ventura, I investigated the topics of Tracking and Localization in depth within the context of Extended Reality applications.
My main interests are in the following areas of research:
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Computer Vision (Localization and Tracking)
- Machine Learning
- Game Development
Baker, L., Mills, S., Zollmann, S., & Ventura, J. (2020). CasualStereo: Casual Capture of Stereo Panoramas with Spherical Structure-from-Motion. In 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR). IEEE. (Paper, Honourable Mention Award)
Baker, L., Ventura, J., Zollmann, S., Mills, S., & Langlotz, T. (2020). SPLAT: Spherical Localization and Tracking in Large Spaces. In 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR). IEEE. (Paper).
Moore, A., Daniel, B., Leonard, G., Regenbrecht, H., Rodda, J., Baker, L., … & Mills, S. (2020). Comparative usability of an augmented reality sandtable and 3D GIS for education. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 34(2), 229-250. (Journal).
Baker, L., Zollmann, S., & Ventura, J. (2019). Spherical Structure-from-Motion for Casual Capture of Stereo Panoramas. In 2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR) (pp. 846-847). IEEE. (Poster).
Baker, L., Zollmann, S., Mills, S., & Langlotz, T. (2018). SoftPOSIT for Augmented Reality in complex environments: Limitations and challenges. In 2018 International Conference on Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ) (pp. 1-6). IEEE. (Paper).
Baker, L., Mills, S., Langlotz, T., & Rathbone, C. (2016). Power line detection using Hough transform and line tracing techniques. In 2016 International Conference on Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ) (pp. 1-6). IEEE. (Poster).