Last month I sent out this announcement during the summer term and received a limited response. At this time students should have returned for the fall term and thus I would like to repost this opportunity.
VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The University of Central Florida's Synthetic Environments Research Group (SynERGy) has two graduate research fellowship opportunties starting in the Fall 1998 or Spring 1999. These opportunities are funded by the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), Orlando, FL.
The first opportunity involves research in the design of effective interventions to minimize cybersickness and other adverse affects of virtual environment training systems. The Fellow will be expected to perform literature reviews to elicit novel theoretical rigorous design approaches, identify functional, user, and task requirements, iteratively design the interventions using user feedback to direct redesign recommendations, and empirically validate the strengths and effectiveness of the chosen intervention design(s). In order to identify task and user requirements, the student will interface with internal NAWCTSD users.
The second opportunity involves developing and implementing a graphical user interface (GUI) to allow experimenters to design and experiment with new virtual environment training interventions. This Fellow will design, develop, and test a graphics-based user interface design and related principles that allow behavioral researchers to readily manipulate elements in a VE simulation. The Fellow will be expected to perform literature reviews to elicit novel, theoretically rigorous design approaches, identify functional, user, and task requirements, iteratively design the GUI using user feedback to direct redesign recommendations, and empirically validate the strengths, effectiveness, and flexibility of the chosen GUI design and underlying formal methodology. In order to identify task and user requirements, the student will interface with internal NAWCTSD users.
For more information and fellowship requirements visit http://ie.engr.ucf.edu/vr_research/home/
Kay M. Stanney, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida
Industrial Engineering & Mgmt. Systems
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816-2450
(407) 823-5582 (voice)
(407) 823-3413 (fax)
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