49: Understanding Virtual Environments: Immersion, Presence, and Performance



Tuesday, Full Day
8:30 am – 5:15 pm
River Room 001

People in immersive virtual environments often report that they are transported out of everyday physical reality to another world. The concept that describes this sense of transformed "presence" is important to understanding the engineering of virtual reality experiences, and it is thoroughly explored in this course.

Prerequisites
Some knowledge of experimental design and some personal experience with graphics displays and systems are helpful but not required.

Topics
Description and critical assessment of several approaches to defining and measuring presence within a virtual environment. Experimental methods for understanding causative factors. Implications for design and engineering of a highly presence-inducing virtual experience. Application examples from the clinical domain.

Organizer
Mel Slater
University College London


Lecturers
Frank Biocca
Michigan State University

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
Mary C. Whitton
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Stephen R. Ellis
NASA Ames Research Center

Katerina Mania
University of Sussex

Mel Slater
Anthony Steed
University College London


Schedule


8:30 A Model for Presence
Slater
8:55 Measuring Presence
Slater
9:20 Presence and Usability
Steed
10:05 Discussion
Slater and Steed
10:15 Break
10:30 Physiological Measures in Training
Brooks
10:40 Commonly Measured Responses
Whitton and Meehan
11:00 Physiological Responses and Presence
Whitton and Meehan
11:25 Collecting and Interpreting Physiological Data
Whitton and Meehan
12:05 Discussion
Brooks, Whitton & Meehan
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Presence and Performance
Mania
1:45 Spatial Awareness and Memory Tasks
Mania
2:15 Social Presence
Biocca
3:05 Discussion
Biocca and Mania
3:15 Break
3:30 Designing and Application for Presence
Ellis
3:40 Presence as the Defining Factor
Ellis
4:20 The Design Process
Brooks
5:00 General Discussion
All




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