SFU researcher making virtual reality a collective experience
Simon Fraser University professor and researcher Wolfgang Stuerzlinger has been working on augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and computer visioning for many years.
A professor at SFU’s School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT), and director of the Virtual Reality, Visual Analytics, Interaction, Systems, and Experiments (VVISE) lab, Stuerzlinger is a leader in three-dimensional (3D) user interfaces. His research focuses on the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), visual analytics, 3D user interfaces, and VR.
One of his most ambitious projects attempts to solve issues in all four of these areas.
TIVES (Temporary Immersive Virtual Environment at Simon Fraser University: A Non-Permanent CAVE) is a truly immersive experience. Four walls and four projectors surround the viewers, engulfing them in the virtual environment.
In this research, Stuerzlinger attempts to solve the problem of disconnect that the introduction of technological devices creates. TIVES takes the isolation out of VR. In this virtual 3D environment, multiple people can participate in the experience together, simultaneously, for extended periods of time.
The four screens provide full 360-degree surround imagery, and the placement of the projection geometry ensures that the shadows that can be caused by participants crossing the beam’s path are not a problem.
Look for Stuerzlinger’s TIVES at the 2018 #BCTECH Summit. His innovative Non-Permanent CAVE will be demoing all day on both Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16 in the Virtual Reality area of the Vancouver Convention Centre.