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ICAT Playdate: CHCI Featured Project – Making Virtual Environments More Realistic

February 16, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am UTC-5

What makes virtual reality seem real? Many of us have heard the term “presence” used to describe the feeling produced by virtual environments, but what does it really mean? In this talk, I discuss some of the illusions that make up a virtual experience, including Place Illusion and Plausibility Illusion, I review some experimental results that give some insight into how these illusions are created, and I argue that making VR less realistic can actually make it more real to users.

Speakers: Rick Skarbez

Rick Skarbez is a postdoctoral associate in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. In 2016, he completed his dissertation, “Plausibility Illusion in Virtual Environments” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the supervision of Professors Fred Brooks and Mary Whitton. His primary research interests revolve around making virtual experiences truly effective.


February 16, 2018
8:30 am - 9:30 am


ICAT Learning Studio
253 Moss Arts Center + Google Map