Dr. Christian Sandor is an Associate Professor at one of Japan’s most prestigious research universities, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), where he is co-directing the Interactive Media Design Lab together with Professor Hirokazu Kato. Since 2000, his foremost research interest is Augmented Reality, as he believes that it will have a profound impact on the future of mankind.
In 2005, he obtained a doctorate in Computer Science from the Munich University of Technology, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Gudrun Klinker and Prof. Steven Feiner. He decided to explore the research world in the spirit of Alexander von Humboldt and has lived outside of Germany ever since to work with leading research groups at institutions including: Columbia University (New York, USA), Canon’s Leading-Edge Technology Research Headquarters (Tokyo, Japan), Graz University of Technology (Austria), University of Stuttgart (Germany), and Tohoku University (Japan).
Before joining NAIST, he directed the Magic Vision Lab (http://www.magicvisionlab.com). Together with his students, he won awards at the premier Augmented Reality conference, IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR): best demo (2011, 2016) and best poster honourable mention (2012, 2013). He presented several keynotes and acquired funding close to 1.5 million dollars; in 2012, Magic Vision Lab was the first, and still only, Australian lab to be awarded in Samsung’s Global Research Outreach Program. In 2014, he received a Google Faculty Award for creating an Augmented Reality X-Ray system for Google Glass. Since 2016, he has been an Associate Editor for Computers & Graphics.