City academic receives Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Adelaide

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Special recognition for Professor Adrian Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing in the Department of Computer Science.

by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Adrian Cheok recieving his award from the University of Adelaide

Professor Adrian Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing in City, University of London’s Department of Computer Science, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, the University of Adelaide, South Australia, on 9th September.

The Award is “in recognition of alumni who have enhanced the reputation of the University through outstanding service to the community or who have made an outstanding contribution in their chosen fields.”

The Awards were established in 1991 by the trustees of the former Alumni Association and are now administered by the Alumni Office.

Internationally recognised innovation

Professor Cheok obtained a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1994 and completed his PhD in Engineering in 1999. He has been a pioneer in mixed reality and multisensory communication and his innovation and leadership has been recognised internationally through multiple awards.

He was presented with his Award by Professor Warren Bebbington, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide.

Professor Cheok joined City, University of London as a Professor of Pervasive Computing in 2013. He is also the Director of the Imagineering Institute in Iskandar, Malaysia.

Some of his pioneering works in mixed reality include innovative and interactive games such as ‘3dlive’, ‘Human Pacman’ and ‘Huggy Pajama’. Professor Cheok is also the inventor of the world’s first electric and thermal taste machine, which produces virtual tastes with electric current and thermal energy.

Definition: Mixed Reality 

Mixed reality (MR), sometimes referred to as hybrid reality, is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. Mixed reality takes place not only in the physical world or the virtual world, but is a mix of reality and virtual reality, encompassing both augmented reality and augmented virtuality