arc/sec Lab:

Uwe Rieger (DE/NZ)

Yinan Liu (NZ)


Augmented Human Lab:

Tharindu Kaluarachchi (LK)


Empathic Computing Lab:

Amit Barde (IN)




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LightSense is the latest interactive XR installation by the arc/sec Lab for Cyber-Physical Architecture and Interactive Systems. It was developed in collaboration with the Augmented Human Lab and the Empathic Computing Lab at the University of Auckland. The kinetic construction combines a lightweight structure with 3D holographic animations. An integrated AI system, which has been trained to learn hundred-thousands of poems, allows the structure to engage, lead and sustain conversations with the audience. Analysing the emotional tenor of this conversation, the system is able to perform autonomous architectural behaviours, immersing the visitors in Pavilions of Love, Anger, Curiosity and Joy.


Artist Biography:

Uwe Rieger is Associate Professor for Design and Design Technology at the University of Auckland, where he has established the arc/sec Lab for Cyber-Physical Architecture and Interactive Systems. His work as an architect and researcher aims to connect the intangible digital world with multi-sensory qualities of physical constructions and spaces.

Yinan Liu is a digital artist and programmer with an architectural background from the University of Auckland. She has developed a number of installations as part of the arc/sec Lab. Yinan is the founding partner of arc/sec Solutions ltd., which develops customized applications for cross-reality environments and interactive systems.

Tharindu Kaluarachchi is a PhD candidate at the Augmented Human Lab of the University of Auckland, focusing on Human-Centered Machine Learning. He aims to bridge the gap between artificial intelligence (AI) and human behaviour towards refining the user-centric approach for leveraging cutting-edge AI technologies to solve real-world human problems, explicitly focusing on non-AI-experts.

Amit Barde is a Research Fellow at the Empathic Computing Lab at the University of Auckland. His research interests are centred around the use of spatialised auditory feedback for information delivery and the role of sound in empathy. Amit is also an experienced sound designer, having worked on numerous short films, advertisement campaigns and theatre productions.


Project Credits:

The development of this project was enabled through FRDF funding by the University of Auckland.

Further contributions by animations and graphics support: Jacky Zheng

Structure and assembly support: Yan Li, Kenny Chau, Nicolas Fuentes Wilson

Development of the linear mass distribution system: JunBang Liang, Gaogeng Gao, Minas Liarokapis