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Joint Navigation of Spatially Distributed Partners in Immersive Virtual Environments

Joint Navigation of Spatially Distributed Partners in Immersive Virtual Environments

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Project information

submitted by
Pauline Bimberg

Co-Authors
Pauline Bimberg, Tim Weißker, Prof. Bernd Fröhlich

Mentors
Tim Weißker, Prof. Bernd Fröhlich

Faculty:
Media

Degree programme:
Human-Computer Interaction (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Type of project presentation
Final project

Semester
Summer semester 2019


Project description

Social virtual reality systems enable users at different locations to come together in a shared virtual environment. While the ability for such distributed users to move around in these environments as a group can greatly enhance the possibilities for collaboration in these spaces, the development of appropriate group navigation techniques has been largely neglected by the scientific community.

In my thesis, I adressed the topic of joint group navigation for spatially distributed users by proposing a design framework on the formation of virtual groups, building on principles known from social psychology. In addition, I developed an extension of Multi-Ray Juping (a virtual navigation techniqe for co-located partners, which has been developed in Weimar) for remote users. Results of a study involving 20 user pairs could show a clear benefit of the extension for this use case.

The results from my Master's Thesis were incorporated in a paper which was published in an international journal on Virtual Reality. The corresponding paper "Getting There Together: Group Navigation in Distributed Virtual Environments" can be found on the website of the Virtual Reality and Visualization Research Group: www.uni-weimar.de/de/medien/professuren/medieninformatik/vr/research/multi-user-virtual-reality/getting-there-together/

Email: clara.pauline.bimberg[at]uni-weimar.de

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