Virtual Environments for Human Centric Research

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Title: Virtual Environments for Human Centric Research
Author: Masud, Md. Raihan
Abstract: Conducting field studies for human centric research often demands a significant amount of time and effort. Virtual Environments (VE) can be a potential alternative to reduce such requirements and help scale the field studies. However, we may experience a performance difference between (1) a virtual trial, and (2) a field trial of the same study. To learn under what circumstances a VE can successfully replace a field study and when it fails, this thesis describes a route-following experiment that compares the participants' performance between a simple VE and a field setup. The experiment results unveil that there is a significant difference in performance between a physical and a virtual setup for more challenging navigational tasks, whereas no significant difference is observed for simpler tasks. This finding encourages us to replace a less challenging field study with a simple VE, and explore the possibilities for a complex one.
Description: xi, 51 p. : ill. (some col.)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/11476
Date: 2011-06


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