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Fall 2014 GRASP Seminar – Steve LaValle, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (on leave at Oculus VR), “Virtual Reality: The Next Generation”

September 26, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Abstract: Using the latest technology, we can safely hijack your most trusted
senses, thereby fooling your brain into believing you are in another
world. Virtual reality (VR) has been around for a long time, but due
to the recent convergence of sensing, display, and computation
technologies, there is an unprecedented opportunity to explore this
form of human augmentation with lightweight, low-cost materials and
simple software platforms. This is an intense form of human-computer
interaction (HCI) that requires re-examining core engineering
principles with a direct infusion of perceptual psychology
research. Developing systems that optimize classical criteria might
lead to overcomplicated solutions that are too slow or costly in
practice, and yet could make no perceptible difference to users.
Simple adaptation of techniques that were developed for on-screen
viewing, such as cinematography and first-person shooter game play,
often lead to unpleasent VR experiences due the presentation of
unusual stimuli or due to mismatches between the human vestibular
system and other senses. With the rapid rise in consumer VR,
fundamental research questions are popping up everywhere, slicing
across numerous disciplines from engineering to socialogy to film to
medicine. This talk will provide some perspective on where we have
been and where we might be going next.


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Steve LaValle started working with Oculus VR in September 2012, a few
days after their successful Kickstarter campaign, and was the head
scientist up until the Facebook acquisition in March 2014. He
developed perceptually tuned head tracking methods based on IMUs and
computer vision. He also led a team of perceptual psychologists to
provide principled approaches to virtual reality system calibration
and the design of comfortable user experiences. In addition to his
continuing work at Oculus, he is also Professor of Computer Science at
the University of Illinois, where he joined in 2001. He has worked in
robotics for over 20 years and is known for his introduction of the
Rapidly exploring Random Tree (RRT) algorithm of motion planning and
his 2006 book, Planning Algorithms.


September 26, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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