Speaker: Lila Bozgeyikli, School of Information, University of Arizona
Presentation Title: Research at the Virtual Reality and Games Lab
Abstract: Faculty and students at the Virtual Reality and Games Lab (VRG Lab) seek to investigate implications of novel forms of interactions and enhancements of latest technology virtual/augmented/mixed reality systems on user experience and task performance. The Lab's work mainly consists of design, development and evaluation (through comparative user studies) of such novel systems.
In general, the Lab engages in work that falls under one of the following larger-scope research questions: How can virtual/augmented/mixed reality be enhanced for improving individuals lives in terms of better education, health and well-being, training, accessibility, empathy, awareness and entertainment? What are the effects of novel forms of interaction on user experience and task performance in virtual/augmented/mixed reality? How can the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds be blurred such that the technology that connects these two worlds becomes seamless and more natural and immersive user experiences can be afforded? How can video games be leveraged for beneficial purposes, such as healthier lifestyles and increased knowledge?
Bio: Lila is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include virtual reality, immersive virtual experiences, video game design and development, human-computer interaction, novel user interfaces and experiences, computer animation and modeling.