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Holger Regenbrecht imageDipl. Inf., Dr. Ing. (Bauhaus University)
Professor and Head of Department

Room 3.35, Otago Business School
Tel +64 3 479 8322


Background and interests

Professor Holger Regenbrecht has been working in the fields of Virtual and Augmented Reality for over 15 years. He was initiator and manager of the Virtual Reality Laboratory at Bauhaus University Weimar (Germany) and the Mixed Reality Laboratory at DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology (Ulm, Germany).

His research interests include Human-Computer Interaction ( HCI ), Applied Computer Science and Information Technology, (collaborative) Augmented reality, 3D Teleconferencing, psychological aspects of Mixed Reality, three-dimensional user interfaces ( 3DU ) and computer-aided therapy and rehabilitation.

He is a member of IEEE , ACM , and and serves as a reviewer and auditor for several conferences, journals and institutions.

Further information about his research can be found at the HCI website

Holger is also a member of the research group:
Human-Computer Interaction


  • INFO 201 Developing Information Systems 1
  • INFO 203 Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience
  • INFO 305 Pervasive Computing and Interactive Technologies
  • INFO 410 Multimedia User Experience – Theory and Practice


Potential PhD Topics in the realm of Computer-Mediated Realities:

  • Conceptual Development and prototypical implementation of a home-based stroke rehabilitation system based on visual illusions and neuroplasticity: together with Neurology, Physiotherapy and Auckland University of Technology; would be part of Brain Research NZ
  • Visual-acoustic Augmented Reflection Technology for the treatment of tinnitus-related conditions: together with Neurosurgery and Neurology; would be part of Brain Research NZ
  • Haptic, in particular tactile illusions augmenting visual stimuli for hand therapy: together with professional hand therapists; could be part of Brain Research NZ
  • Spatio-temporal Presence in Panoramic Video environments: together with Mobile Systems and HITLabNZ (Christchurch)
  • Concept and Implementation of an Integrated table-top environment for seamless Communication and Collaboration: together with Psychology and HITLabNZ (Christchurch)
  • Augmented Reality for Product and Process Simulation and Visualization: together with industry partners
  • Concept and Implementastion of a video-mediated, collaborative virtual environment: together with NZ university and industrial partners
  • Coupling Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, EMG, and EEG with Augmented Reflection Technology for motor movement research and rehabilitation: together with Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Neurology; would be part of Brain Research NZ
  • Mixed Reality Embodiment Research: conceptual development, prototypical implementation, and experimental studies on midxing real and virtual environments, objects, and persons. Together with Psychology, Oslo, Norway.
  • Manual Interaction in Virtual and Augmented Reality environments in manufacturing and engineering environments. Concepts, Implementations, Studies. Together with industry partners.

If you are interested in having me as your PhD supervisor please be so kind and send your CV and a brief proposal, preferably by email.

I am proud and thank my students for being awarded university's Top 14 Supervisor of the Year 2011 Award, Top 14 Supervisor of the Year 2012 Award, Top 15 Supervisor of the Year 2013 Award (also best in Division), Top 12 Supervisor of the Year 2014 Award (also best in Division), and nominated for the Top 16 Supervisor of the Year Award 2015.

Currently supervising

  • Chris Heinrich
  • Stuart Duncan
  • Tanh Tran
  • Noel Park

Currently co-supervising

  • Jacob Young
  • Matthew Cook
  • Wei Hong Lo
  • Jonathan Sutton


Regenbrecht, H., Hoermann, S., Ott, C., Müller, L., & Franz, E. (2014). Manipulating the experience of reality for rehabilitation applications. Proceedings of the IEEE, 102(2), 170-184. doi: 10.1109/jproc.2013.2294178 Journal - Research Article

Regenbrecht, H., McGregor, G., Ott, C., Hoermann, S., Schubert, T., Hale, L., Hoermann, J., Dixon, B., & Franz, E. (2011). Out of reach? A novel AR interface approach for motor rehabilitation. Proceedings of the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR). (pp. 219-228). doi: 10.1109/ISMAR.2011.6092389 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Hoermann, S., Franz, E. A., & Regenbrecht, H. (2012). Referred sensations elicited by video-mediated mirroring of hands. PLoS ONE, 7(12), e50942. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050942 Journal - Research Article

Hauber, J., Regenbrecht, H., Billinghurst, M., & Cockburn, A. (2006). Spatiality in videoconferencing: Trade-offs between efficiency and social presence. Proceedings of the 20th Anniversary Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. (pp. 413-422). New York: ACM. doi: 10.1145/1180875.1180937 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Schubert, T., Friedmann, F., & Regenbrecht, H. (2001). The experience of presence: Factor analytic insights. Presence, 10(3), 266-281. Journal - Research Article

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