Wayfinding through VR

Use VR walkthrough for wayfinding research. Players’ routes, and walking behavior, such as head movement, are captured and evaluated.

Credit: restaurant designed by Eian Bennett.
More info on the wayfinding and Egress at the simulated DAAP building can be found here.


Cloud-based Digital Twin

Clients are one click away from interacting with a Digital Twin model on their personal devices. No installation is required.

Demonstration of XR-Lab’s project on cloud-based Digital Twin(DT), accessible through mobile devices. Multiple users can interact with a complicated DT model through touch screens. Clients do not need to install apps and can access the content with a simple URL and web browser via personal IOS or Android mobile devices and tablets. Photorealistic renderings are streamed to clients with high-frame-rate. Also, our DT model integrates Building Information Modeling, Metadata, IOT sensor data, 360 image/video, and web3D content.

More information on Future of Work: Understanding the interrelationships between humans and technology to improve the quality of work-life in smart buildings.

Kao Metaverse

The University of Cincinnati, through its Digital Futures complex, will work collaboratively with the UC Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research, Lindner College of Business, UC DAAP XR-Lab, and Kao to develop concepts and a minimum viable product for a Jergens virtual tanning experience called the ‘Glowverse.’

KAO-STP-Glowverse VR retail project. GLOWVERSE VIRTUAL SPA (VR) development. UC-SIM + XR-Lab +College of Business. Funded by KAO.  PI: Chris Collins. Co-PI: Ming Tang, Noah Van. $52,122. Period: 2.2023-11.2023.

  • UCSIM Project Lead: Chris M. Collins, Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments
    UCSIM Technical Lead: Ryan Gorsuch, Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments
  • UC DAAP Design Lead: Ming Tang, Director of XR-Lab. Registered Architect, RA, NCARB, LEED AP (BD+C),
    and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Interior Design, College of Design,
    Architecture, Art, and Planning
  • UC LCOB Marketing Lead: Noah Van Bergen, Asst. Professor, Marketing, Linder Business
    Honors Faculty, Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Solar System in VR

Extended Reality 3D Model Application in Space Exploration and Planetary Habitation


Developed by Mikhail NikolaenkoStudent, XR-Lab fellow, University of Cincinnati.


This research project incorporates the use of data science, astronomy, and VR to create a visually interactive learning tool for students, academics, enthusiasts, and professionals alike to learn about areas of space exploration that will be easily accessible to anyone with a VR device such as an Oculus Quest 2. The application will include an accurate mapping of different celestial bodies, such as planets and stars, and the model will be fully interactable through functions such as scaling, time manipulation, and highlighting. The uses of this proposed application range from basic elementary applications (e.g., learning about our solar system in astronomy courses) to astronomical data research (e.g., viewing spectra of celestial objects found by Gaia)

PDFs:  Final Report; Poster


Project Advisor: Ming Tang

Research Funding Source: University of Cincinnati Space Research Institute for Discovery and Exploration 

External Celestial Data: This work has made use of data from the European Space Agency (ESA) mission Gaia (https://www.cosmos.esa.int/gaia), processed by the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC,https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/gaia/dpac/consortium). Funding for the DPAC has been provided by national institutions, in particular, the institutions participating in the Gaia Multilateral Agreement. 

Internal Solar System Data: Acton, C.H.; “Ancillary Data Services of NASA’s Navigation and Ancillary Information Facility;” Planetary and Space Science, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 65-70, 1996. DOI 10.1016/0032-0633(95)00107-7 

Charles Acton, Nathaniel Bachman, Boris Semenov, Edward Wright; A look toward the future in the handling of space science mission geometry; Planetary and Space Science (2017); DOI 10.1016/j.pss.2017.02.013 

References & Sources: 

1. NASA. (2018, December 14). NASA’s eyes: Eyes on exoplanets. NASA. Retrieved October 11, 2022, from https://eyes.nasa.gov/eyes-on-exoplanets.html

Demo at the 2023 Undergraduate Scholarly Showcase. 04.20.2023

EVRTalk on iHeart

Our EVRTalk project was featured at Simply Medicine | iHeart.  (time mark 9:55)

April 29, 2023. By Angenette Levy with 55KRC


Jai’:a Nored ( COA) , Linda Dunseath (LWC), Ming Tang (UC, XR-Lab)

SIMPLY MEDICINE is a continuing program designed to simplify the health care system and provide medical information.

Thanks for the support from COA, Live Well Collaborative, and the University of Cincinnati Urban Health Pathway grant


Check more information on the EVRTalk  program.

Thanks to Suzanne Burke, Ken Wilson, Jai’La Nored, Anna Goubeaux, and many others from COA. Thanks to the Live Well EVRTalk development team (Faculty: Ming Tang, Matt Anthony; advisor: Craig Vogel, Linda Dunseath; Students and Live Well fellows: Tosha Bapat, Karly Camerer, Jay Heyne, Harper Lamb, Jordan Owens, Ruby Qji, Alejandro Robledo, Matthew Spoleti, Lauren Southwood, Ryan Tinney, Keeton Yost, Dongrui Zhu.)