Adrian David Cheok

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Adrian David Cheok is Director of the Mixed Reality Lab.[1] He is a chair Professor of Pervasive Computing at City University London.

Adrian David Cheok


Adrian David Cheok, who was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) with First Class Honors in 1992 and an Engineering PhD in 1998.[2] His mother was born in Prespa, in the West Macedonia region of Northern Greece and his father was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Research Work[edit]

He worked in real-time systems, soft computing, and embedded computing in Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. He has been working on research covering mixed reality,[3] human-computer interfaces, wearable computers and ubiquitous computing, fuzzy systems, embedded systems, power electronics. He has carried out research projects in the area of wearable computers and mixed reality from Nike, National Oilwell Varco, Defense Science Technology Agency, Ministry of Communications and Arts, National Arts Council, Singapore Science Center, and Hougang Primary School.

In the Mixed Reality Lab, he led a team of over 100 researchers and students.[citation needed] He was invited to exhibit for two years in the Ars Electronica Museum of the Future, launching in the Ars Electronica Festival 2003. His early work included the work "3d-live"[4] which was a pioneering work integrating live recorded 3d humans in mixed reality, with the effect of this invention being similar to the Princess Leia hologram in the movie Star Wars. His work "Poultry Internet" was one of the pioneering works on virtual reality communication between humans and animals.[5] His works “Human Pacman”,[6] “Magic Land”,[7] and “Metazoa Ludens”,[8] were each selected as one of the worlds top inventions by Wired and invited to be exhibited in Wired nextfest 2005 and 2007.

In 2013, in an interview to VICE's Motherboard, he revealed that he was working on several inventions aimed at bringing about the "multi-sensory Internet", among which, notably, an on-line kissing machine.[9]


Adrian David Cheok was awarded the Hitachi Fellowship, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research Young Scientist of the Year Award,[10] and the Singapore Computer Society Young Professional of the Year Award.[11] He was invited to be the Singapore representative of the United Nations body IFIP SG 16 on Entertainment Computing and the founding Chairman of the Singapore Computer Society Special Interest Group on Entertainment Computing. He was awarded an Associate of the Arts award by the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Singapore. He was awarded a Microsoft Research Award for Gaming and Graphics. He received the C4C Children Competition Prize for best interaction media for children,[12] the Integrated Art Competition Prize by the Singapore Land Transport Authority, Creativity in Action Award, and the Nokia Mindtrek Award. He was awarded Young Global Leader 2008 by the World Economic Forum.[13] This honour is bestowed each year by the World Economic Forum to recognize and acknowledge the top young leaders from around the world for the professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA),[14] an organisation which is committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today's social challenges.

Academic Works[edit]

He is Editor/Associate Editor of the following academic journals: Springer Transactions on Edutainment,[15] Association for Computing Machinery Computers in Entertainment, Advances in Human Computer Interaction, International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Journal of Recent Patents on Computer Science, The Open Electrical and Electronic Engineering Journal, International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management (IJEntTM), Springer Virtual Reality,[16] International Journal of Virtual Reality, and The Journal of Virtual Reality and Broadcasting.[17] Lovotics: Academic Studies of Love and Friendship with Robots.[18] He is author of the book Art and Technology of Entertainment Computing and Communication.[19]