About us


We are an academic research laboratory at the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland. Lead by Dr. Arindam Dey and Dr. Chelsea Dobbins, we are investigating Empathic Extended Reality and Pervasive Computing. Our lab is part of the Co-Innovation Research Group headed by Prof. Janet Wiles. We are close collaborators of the Empathic Computing Laboratory directed by Prof. Mark Billinghurst.



  • Empathic Computing
  • Collaborative Interfaces
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Pervasive Computing
  • Wearable Computing
  • Lifelogging
  • eHealth


Empathic Extended Reality is an emerging research area within the XR space where XR systems measure, share, and adapt to human emotions and cognition. Empathy is about seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another. Empathic Computing is a research field that develops computer systems that recognize and share emotions and help people better understand one another. Our team is working to make empathic computing mainstream and investigate both software and hardware components to enable this technology, along with researching the usability of such interfaces.

Pervasive Computing allows technology to become embedded in daily life to the point where it disappears. There are many research themes that fall under this broad category, including Lifelogging, Wearable/Mobile Computing and Internet of Things. Our team has a broad focus on lifelogging, which has emerged as an area that is designed to continuously measure personal data with the purpose of supporting recall and self-reflection. Data from the human body can be logged in everyday life using wearable devices and supplemented with contextual information. Our research focuses on developing intuitive lifelogging interfaces, monitoring individuals in everyday life and emotion recognition using machine learning and signal processing techniques.

This website collects together projects by the Empathic Extended Reality & Pervasive Computing Lab at the University of Queensland. You can also look at the publications by our team members and the latest news. We are always looking for talented students to join our team. If our research interests you feel free to contact us for more information.