Towards Virtual Reality 3D User Interfaces Grounded in Human Abilities (FCS Research Seminar)

FCS RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES | Monday, May 3 | 12:30 p.m. AST | See MS Teams link below

CSCI 6999 Eligible

Towards Virtual Reality 3D User Interfaces Grounded in Human Abilities
Dr. Mayra Barrera Machuca

3D user interfaces for Virtual Reality systems leverage the technical capabilities afforded by the underlying systems, but these capabilities do not always match well with human abilities. My research targets a better understanding of how people think and act when working inside a virtual 3D environment. Based on this knowledge, I design 3D user interfaces to support both the creation and use of content in virtual environments for various applications including design, simulation, training, entertainment, and art. In this presentation, I talk about overcoming the challenges that prevent people from drawing accurately in VR. Focusing on the actions necessary before beginning a 3D mid-air stroke, I performed three user studies that reveal shortcomings in how VR systems support these actions. Finally, l introduce two new 3D user interfaces, Multiplanes and Smart3DGuides, that facilitate the 3D sketching experience by helping people plan their 3D strokes better and present the results of user studies that evaluate these new approaches.

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