The Emotional Response and Impact of Visual Stimuli in Virtual and Built Environments - ICAT Community Playdate

Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2016
Location & Time: 

ICAT Learning Studio (253A) in the Moss Arts Center
Time: 8:30-9:30

The Emotional Response and Impact of Visual Stimuli in Virtual and Built Environments

Speaker: Denis Gracanin

Recent advances in real-time global illumination (e.g., Unity3D and Unreal game engines) provide exciting new opportunities for the next generation of virtual reality (VR) applications, ranging from lighting design for built environments, psychological studies to art creation. It is therefore now possible to bridge the virtual and real (built) environments and accurately replicate visual stimuli (lighting, shadows, etc.). The findings (e.g., responses to the visual stimuli) in virtual environments could be transferred/applied to built environments and vice versa. The goal is to develop a supporting hybrid testbed on top of the existing infrastructure (Virginia Tech Cube and FutureHAUS) to support research on the impact of visual stimuli in virtual and built environments and use of lighting in built environments.

Denis Gracanin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech.He received the BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.His research interests include virtual reality and distributed simulation. He is a senior member of ACM and IEEE and a member of AAAI, APS, ASEE and SIAM.