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Seminar: Perspectives on User Support - On the Change of Working Habits and the Navigation in Virtual Reality

8th Aug 2017 11:00am-12:00pm
Presenter/Speaker: Benjamin Weyer, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Location: G.1.15

This talk presents two different facets of user support research conducted at RWTH Aachen University under the supervision of Dr Benjamin Weyers.

In the first half of the talk, Benjamin will present a project funded by the DFG, in which he investigates the use of interactive systems to support the user to actively forget unwanted working habits. One major aspect in this line of research is the use and generation of formal models of working habits in a participatory design process. The generated model is instrumented as integral control component in a ubiquitous interactive system, which supports the user in every day working situations via active cues to adapt these habits.

In the second half, Benjamin will present a project focusing on user support for travel in virtual environments. The developed method is based on a quantitative measure called “Object Uniqueness”, which is used to calculate the relevance of viewpoints in a given virtual environment. This measurement rates parts of the environment as less relevant if it contains less unique objects, thus objects that occur more frequently in the scene than others. Combined with the computation of visibility, a best set of views, a virtual tour or an automatic speed adjustment can be implemented to support the user to navigate through a virtual environment.

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