MV4001 Human Factors of Virtual Environments

This course focuses on human factors issues in virtual environments (VEs). While the similarities of VEs to the real world can often make VE interfaces intuitive and easy to use, the differences between VEs and the real world can often be the cause of serious performance problems and physical inability to effectively use a system. The design of effective VE systems depends on an understanding of humans and their interaction with their environment. Only then, can a VE system hope to achieve reasonable performance levels and acceptability. This course will survey the VE literature on issues of human performance, perception, cognition, multimodal interfaces, locomotion, wayfinding, object selection and manipulation, visualization, simulator sickness, and performance differences between individuals. Prerequisites: None.

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