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Honors Seminar gallery show

Invitation to “Human-Computer Interaction in the Age of Extended Reality & Metaverse” student projects showcase.

The Extended Reality Lab at the UC Digital Futures is delighted to extend an invitation to the forthcoming gallery show, “Human-Computer Interaction in the Age of Extended Reality & Metaverse,” a pivotal showcase presented by the UC honors students of ARCH3051. This exhibition delves into the burgeoning field of extended reality (XR) and its confluence with human-computer interaction (HCI), embodying a fusion of scholarly inquiry and innovative practice.

  • Date: April 23rd, Tuesday
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: UC Digital Futures Building, 2nd Floor Lobby, 3044 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Under the guidance of Ming Tang, Director of the XR-Lab at Digital Futures and DAAP, UC, this honors seminar course has propelled students through an immersive journey into the realm of XR. The course encompasses Extended Reality, Metaverse, and Digital Twin technologies, providing a comprehensive platform for theoretical exploration and practical application in XR development.

The exhibition showcases an array of student-led research projects that investigate the role of XR in various domains, including medical training, flight simulation, entertainment, tourism, cultural awareness, fitness, and music. Through these projects, students have had the opportunity to not only grasp the intricate theories underpinning future HCI developments but also to apply their skills in creating immersive experiences that hint at the future of human-technology interaction.

We cordially invite you to immerse yourself in the innovative world of extended reality and explore the visionary work of our students, who are at the forefront of shaping the future of HCI. Join us for an afternoon of discovery and inspiration at the intersection of technology, creativity, and human experience.

We look forward to welcoming you to an engaging exploration of how extended reality redefines the landscape of human-computer interaction.

 

Ming Tang, Professor, Director of XR-Lab, DAAP, University of Cincinnati

Students: Nishanth Chidambaram, Bao Huynh, Caroline McCarthy, Cameron Moreland, Frank Mularcik, Cooper Pflaum, Triet Pham, Brooke Stephenson, Pranav Venkataraman

Thanks for the support from the UC Honors Program. 

Fluid Sim in VR

Fluid Simulation in Virtual Reality. Unreal Engine. Collision test with hand. 

paper SpaceXR in HCI 2024

Our “SpaceXR: Virtual Reality and Data Mining for Astronomical Visualization ” paper is accepted at the 26th HCI International Conference.  Washington DC, USA. 29 June – 4 July 2024
Authors: Mikhail Nikolaenko, Ming Tang

Abstract

This paper presents a ” SpaceXR ” project that integrates data science, astronomy, and Virtual Reality (VR) technology to deliver an immersive and interactive educational tool. It is designed to cater to a diverse audience, including students, academics, space enthusiasts, and professionals, offering an easily accessible platform through VR headsets. This VR application offers a data-driven representation of celestial bodies, including planets and the sun within our solar system, guided by data from the NASA and Gaia databases. The VR application empowers users with interactive capabilities encompassing scaling, time manipulation, and object highlighting. The potential applications span from elementary educational contexts, such as teaching the star system in astronomy courses, to advanced astronomical research scenarios, like analyzing spectral data of celestial objects identified by Gaia and NASA. By adhering to emerging software development practices and employing a variety of conceptual frameworks, this project yields a fully immersive, precise, and user-friendly 3D VR application that relies on a real, publicly available database to map celestial objects. 

Check more project details on Solar Systems in VR. 

CVG Airport renovation

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) renovation project.

This dynamic course delves into designing human-centric, technologically advanced retail spaces at CVG, addressing contemporary challenges. Collaborating directly with CVG, we focus on conceptualizing the “Future CVG Experience,” exploring pivotal questions: envisioning the future look of CVG, the transformative impact of AR and VR on airport experiences, integrating the metaverse and immersive technologies into retail, and the potential for public art and recreational programs to enrich the traveler’s journey.

Faculty: Ming Tang. Director of XR-Lab, DAAP, UC. Thanks the support from Josh Edwards from CVG, and Chris Collins and Eric Camper from UC SIM. 

Twelve proposed scenarios of future CVG. 

Student: ARCH 7014. Fall. 2023.

Stephanie Ahmed, Ben Aidt, Thimesha Amarasena, Heather Cheng, Stephanie Circelli, Catherine D’Amico, Gabby Dashiell, Nikunj Deshpande, Carson Edwards, Olufemi Faminigba, Christopher Fultz, Emma Hausz, Jinfan He, Haley Heitkamp, Robin Jarrell, Emily Jaster, Bhaskar Jyoti Kalita, Analise Kandra, Sreya`Killamshetty, Japneet Kour, Thomas Magee, Mea McCormack, Sepideh Miraba, Dan O’Neill, Shailesh Padalkar, Gaurang Pawar, Urvi Prabhu, Michael Rinaldi-Eichenberg, Kelby Rippy, Will Roberts, Chris Schalk, Miles Sletto, Lizzy Sturgeon, Shruthi Sundararajan, Erika VanSlyke, Clayton Virzi, Yue Wu

The heatmap represents the fixation and gaze. 

Check more research on eye-tracking conducted by Prof. Tang at XR-Lab. >>

paper on JEC

Paper accepted in the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Cory P. Haberman, Ming Tang, JC Barnes, Clay Driscoll, Bradley J. O’Guinn, Calvin Proffit, The Effect of Checklists on Evidence Collection During Initial Investigations A Randomized Controlled Trial in Virtual Reality. Journal of Experimental Criminology

Objective To examine the impact of an investigative checklist on evidence collection by police officers responding to a routine burglary investigation.

Methods A randomized control trial was conducted in virtual reality to test the effectiveness of an investigative checklist. Officers in the randomly assigned treatment group (n = 25) were provided with a checklist during the simulated investigation. Officers in the control group (n = 26) did not have access to the checklist at any time. The checklist included five evidence items commonly associated with burglary investigations.

Results Officers who were randomly provided with an investigative checklist were significantly more likely to collect two evidence items located outside of the virtual victim’s home. Both treatment and control officers were about equally as likely to collect three evidence items located inside the residence.

Conclusions Investigative checklists represent a promising new tool officers can use to improve evidence collection during routine investigations. More research is needed, however, to determine whether checklists improve evidence collection or case clearances in real-life settings. Virtual reality simulations provide a promising tool for collecting data in otherwise difficult or complex situations to simulate

Keywords: Investigations, Burglary, Checklists, Policing, Experiment, Randomized controlled trial

more information on this VR police training project available here.