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Affordances in Virtual and Augmented Reality

Primary Investigators:
Bobby Bodenheimer
 
Brief Description of Project:
Welcome to the metaverse. In these projects, we strive to understand interactions in immersive virtual environments (virtual reality) or with virtual objects in the real world (augmented reality). We will study how people perceive and act with such virtuality, with the goal of understanding the underlying principles needed to design better virtual objects and virtual world. For example, the ability to understand how to act in a virtual world is essential for it to convey an effective experience. By studying how people interact with virtual environments and objects, and then comparing those interactions to real world interactions, we can understand better how to improve these environments. Specific tasks that we are interested in involve design for improved navigation and better accessibility using modern tools of virtual and augmented reality.

Desired Qualifications:
CS 2201 or 2204 required; CS 3251 and/or VR experience would be best; inquire if you don't have these but have qualifications that may serve.
 
Nature of Supervision:
Projects will be supervised by the faculty supervisor much as any undergraduate research project or independent study. In particular, the faculty supervisor and students will have structured one-to-one meetings every week and additional supervision time as needed. They will also be mentored by senior graduate students within the faculty member's group, and will participate in weekly group meetings.
 
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
These are a full 10 week projects. Weeks 1-3 will be spent getting oriented and learning to use the virtual reality or augmented reality devices. Weeks 4-7 will be spent developing environments and code that support navigation in either virtual reality or augmented reality. Weeks 8-10 will be spent assessing and refining the developed environments and code.
 
Number of Open Slots: 3
 
Contact Information:
Name: Bobby Bodenheimer
Department: Computer Science
Email: bobby.bodenheimer@vanderbilt.edu