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"Creating a moving experience without moving the observer": Bernhard presenting at Toronto Stereoscopic Film Conference 2013

Here’s a simple video of the invited talk I had the honour to give at the 2013 International Toronto Stereoscopic Film Conference last fall, for those who couldn’t make it. It was enti­tled “Creating a moving expe­ri­ence with­out moving the observer: Perceptual aspects & dis­play fac­tors in immer­sive Virtual Reality”.

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Opening: Admitting new PhD/MSc students

Interested in con­tribut­ing to inno­v­a­tive research at the inter­sec­tion of Psychology/Cognitive Science, Informatics, Human Factors/HCI, and Virtual Reality in an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team? I’m cur­rently look­ing for bright and moti­vated PhD/MSc stu­dents to join the iSpace lab at the School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University in the greater Vancouver region in beautiful […]

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Bernhard gave Keynote Lecture at Vection Symposium in Japan

Earlier this Fall Steve Palmisano and I had the honor to be invited to present our vec­tion research at the vec­tion sym­po­sium in Fukuoka, Japan, orga­nized by Takeharu Seno. Lots of inspir­ing con­ver­sa­tions (and incred­i­ble Japanese hos­pi­tal­ity and food). Hope to find some time to edit the pre­sen­ta­tion video and upload it soon…

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14 Grad Student Presentations from Bernhard's Research Methods course (IAT802)

Recently, all 14 SIAT grad­u­ate course in my grad course on “Quantitative Research Methods & Design (IAT802)” that I taught in Fall 2013 gave their final 6-min project pre­sen­ta­tion pub­licly in the SIAT research col­lo­quium. Enjoy! I think the stu­dents did an amaz­ing job — for many it was their first sci­en­tific research project and […]

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Final project showcase from Bernhard's "immersive environments" course (IAT445 Fall 2013, Th 28 Nov.)

On Thursday Nov 28, the stu­dents from the “immer­sive envi­ron­ments” course (IAT 445) will be pre­sent­ing their final projects in the Mezzanine on our SFU Surrey campus, from about 2:30 — 6:30pm. 10 Teams will show­case their own immer­sive Virtual Reality projects that they devel­oped in the pop­u­lar game engine Unity3D and will present on […]

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Final project showcase from Bernhard's "immersive environments" course (IAT445)

On April 4 & 5th (Thursday/Friday), the stu­dents from the “immer­sive envi­ron­ments” course (IAT 445) will be pre­sent­ing their final projects in the Mezzanine on our SFU Surrey campus, from about noon — 2:30pm. 9 Teams will show­case their own immer­sive Virtual Reality projects that they devel­oped in the pop­u­lar game engine Unity3D and will […]

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Jacob Freiberg and Daniel Sproll at IEEE VR/3DUI 2013

The IEEE VR/3DUI 2013 Conference was held in beau­ti­ful Orlando, Florida in mid-March and fea­tured poster pre­sen­ta­tions from two iSpace Lab mem­bers.   Paving the way into vir­tual real­ity — a tran­si­tion in five stages Daniel Sproll and Jacob Freiberg revealed their poster and abstract at IEEE 3DUI. They present a frame­work for improv­ing immersion […]

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Opening: Admitting new PhD/MSc students

Interested in con­tribut­ing to excit­ing research at the inter­sec­tion of Informatics, Psychology/Cognitive Science, Human Factors/HCI, and Virtual Reality in an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary multi-national team? We’re cur­rently look­ing for bright and moti­vated PhD/MSc stu­dents to join the iSpace lab at the School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University in the greater Vancouver region in […]

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Jay Vidyarthi defends his M.Sc.!

This passed week I suc­cess­fully defended my Master’s thesis about Sonic Cradle and Immersion.  Thanks to SIAT, NSERC, GRAND and my advi­sory com­mit­tee: Dr. Bernhard Riecke, Dr. Diane Gromala, Dr. Carman Neustaedter, & Dr. Halil Erhan. Special thanks to Jim Silvester for help­ing out with this video of the pre­sen­ta­tion I gave at the thesis defense […]

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10 Student presentations from Bernhard's graduate course

For the first time, stu­dents from the SIAT grad­u­ate course on “Quantitative Research Methods & Design (IAT802)” that I taught in Fall 2012 at SIAT gave their final 6-min project pre­sen­ta­tion pub­licly in the SIAT research col­lo­quium. Enjoy! I think the stu­dents did a won­der­ful job — for many it was their first sci­en­tific research […]

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Bernhard presenting at Spatial Cognition Conf. in Bavaria

At this year’s spa­tial cog­ni­tion con­fer­ence in Kloster Seeon in Bavaria, Germany, Bernhard co-organized a work­shop on “VR in Spatial Cognition Research” with Klaus Gramann.  He also also pre­sented a paper on “Why the heck do we have not clue where we are in VR?” — below is the video of it. (after 10min the […]

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Bernhard presenting at ICSC 2012 in Rome

Earlier this month, Bernhard pre­sented at the International Conference on Spatial Cognition (ISCS 2012) in Rome, Italy, on “Moving through vir­tual real­ity with­out moving”. Below is a video of the pre­sen­ta­tion for those who couldn’t make it to Rome 😉 The paper was pub­lished in Cognitive Processing as Riecke, B. E., Sigurdarson, S., & Milne, […]

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Award for IEEE VR conference paper

The short paper enti­tled “Self-Motion Illusions (Vection) in VR – Are They Good For Anything?” that we pre­sented ear­lier this year at the IEEE VR con­fer­ence was not only accepted (with a 9.5% accep­tance rate for short papers) but also received an hon­or­able men­tion to be amongst the best  short papers! We are hon­ored! Below […]

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DIS Paper award for Sonic Cradle Design Phase!

A paper dis­cussing Sonic Cradle’s the­o­ret­i­cal under­pin­nings, includ­ing our psy­cho­log­i­cal frame­work of immer­sion and 15 iter­a­tive co-design ses­sions was not only accepted, but awarded an hon­ourable men­tion at this year’s ACM con­fer­ence on Designing Interactive Systems.  The con­fer­ence had an accep­tance rate just under 20%, and the award puts our paper in the top 2.5% […]

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11 student presentations from Bernhard's grad course

Here’s a record­ing of the final 5-min stu­dent project pre­sen­ta­tions from a course that Bernhard was teach­ing in Spring 2012 at SIAT, enti­tled “Cognition, Learning, and Collaboration, and the Craft of Research and Writing for Publication (IAT812)”. Enjoy!  

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Salvar presenting at IEEE VR 2012

Earlier this month, Salvar Sigurdarson had his first ever con­fer­ence talk at the IEEE Virtual Reality con­fer­ence in Santa Ana, California. There, he pre­sented a paper he authored, called “Can phys­i­cal motions pre­vent dis­ori­en­ta­tion in nat­u­ral­is­tic VR?” It went pretty well. We recorded his talk for pos­ter­ity, so you can check it out here:

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Bernhard presenting at TEDactive

I’m quite excited and hon­oured (and did I men­tion ner­vous?) about the oppor­tu­nity to give a short TEDyou pre­sen­ta­tion at TEDactive 2012 in Palm Springs! Title will be “Moving you in and through vir­tual real­ity”. After that I’ll def­i­nitely need to relax in the Sonic Cradle — get it ready Jay.   one of the demos […]

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Sonic Cradle exhibit at TEDactive 2012

Jay Vidyarthi  and Bernhard Riecke will be demon­strat­ing the Sonic Cradle at TEDactive 2012 in Palm Springs! It’s going to be a jam packed week, but we will try to keep the system up and run­ning for as long as pos­si­ble.  Come visit us and take a few min­utes to pacify your mind and solidify […]

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Opening: Admitting new PhD/MSc students

Interested in con­tribut­ing to world-class research at the inter­sec­tion of Informatics, Psychology/Cognitive Science, Human Factors/HCI, and Virtual Reality in an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary multi-national team? We’re cur­rently look­ing for bright and moti­vated PhD/MSc stu­dents to join the iSpace lab at the School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University in the greater Vancouver region in […]

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iSpaceLab - new presentations

The iSpace Crew recently gave three pre­sen­ta­tions at the SIAT research col­lo­quium, and we’d like to share them with you. Enjoy!   Bernhard Riecke is giving a brief intro to the iSpace lab & intro­duc­ing his stu­dents   Salvar Sigurdarson on “Can phys­i­cal motions pre­vent dis­ori­en­ta­tion in nat­u­ral­is­tic VR?”   Daniel Feuereissen on “Can Self-Motion Illusions […]

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iSpaceLab intro video

Below is a short intro video of the iSpace lab. Thanks Daniel for the video-editing!

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Photo update of motion chair projection setup

We recently took a few pic­tures of the iSpace immer­sive video-projection setup with the Gyroxus motion chair as an input device: lean­ing into the direc­tion you want to move in the vir­tual envi­ro­ment con­trols the sim­u­lated motions. We used a Polhemus 6DOF track­ing system instead of the built-in track­ing for more pre­cise motion con­trol. Driving […]

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SFU-Surrey open house video featuring iSpace simulator

The SFU-Surrey open house video was just released — it fea­tures the new iSpace sim­u­la­tor (at 1:48, thanks Andrew for the nice pitch!) Below are some more pic­tures from the open house day — thanks to all who helped with it, it was a great success!

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The TEDActive Travel Project

Hi Kids! It’s Jay here… I recently had the honour of being invited to Palm Springs to con­tribute to a project geared toward improv­ing the con­tem­po­rary flight expe­ri­ence with TED.  Not really our main research focus here at iSpace, but since we’re all into design I thought I’d share anyway. You can read what came […]

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Interested in participating in Virtual Reality experiments?

We are cur­rently run­ning exper­i­ments and look­ing for par­ti­ciants. If inter­ested, sign up on sfu-siat.sona-systems.com or con­tact one of the iSpace stu­dents Daniel, Salvar, Lonnie, or Andrew (see ispace.iat.sfu.ca/people/). Below is a short video of the iSpace VR sim­u­la­tor that’s used in some of the experiments:

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