Nov 20 - Research Lab Presentation

Join several SFU faculty members to learn about some of the labs and research conducted at SIAT.

Professor Bernhard Riecke


After researching for a decade in the Virtual Reality Group of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany and working as a post-doctoral researcher at Vanderbilt University and UC Santa Barbara, Bernhard joined SFU-SIAT in 2008, where he leads the iSpace Lab. His research combines multidisciplinary research approaches and immersive virtual environments to investigate: Human spatial cognition/orientation/updating/navigation; Enabling robust and effortless spatial orientation in VR; Self-motion perception, illusions (“vection”), and simulation; Designing for transformative positive experiences using VR. Bernhard teaches classes on immersive environments/Virtual Reality, game design, human-computer interaction and cognition, and quantitative research methods, and recently designed a new 15-credit “Semester in Alternate Realities”. He recently gave a TEDx talk on the potential of Virtual Reality.

Professor Wolgang Stuerzlinger


Building on his deep expertise in Virtual Reality and Human-Computer Interaction, Dr. Stuerzlinger is a leading researcher in Three-dimensional User Interfaces. He got his Doctorate from the Vienna University of Technology, was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina, and professor at York University in Toronto. Since 2014, he is a full professor at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His work aims to gain a deeper understanding of and to find innovative solutions for real-world problems. Current research projects include better 3D interaction techniques for Virtual and Augmented Reality applications, new human-in-the-loop systems for big data analysis (Visual Analytics and Immersive Analytics), the characterization of the effects of technology limitations on human performance, investigations of human behaviors with occasionally failing technologies, user interfaces for versions, scenarios and alternatives, and new virtual reality hardware and software. Dr. Stuerzlinger loves to dance and enjoys skiing and martial arts.

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