MxR Research in Sense Making and Decision Making

MxR Lab Associate Director, David Krum and Creative Director David Nelson discuss their research in cognitive task training, data-collection, analysis and visualization for Tank Platoon Commander training in an interview with US Army News.

Mark Bolas receives Career Award at IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

Congratulations to Mark Bolas!

At the 2018 Virtual Reality Conference, in Reutlingen, Germany, Mark Bolas received the Career Award from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee. Mark was on hand to accept the award and gave a talk thanking his collaborators and imparting some wisdom to the audience. Mark is currently on leave from his role at ICT of Director of the Mixed Reality Lab.

The award cited Mark’s work at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Stanford University, and Fakespace Labs, Inc. These include IEEE affiliated awards for: Best Research Demo, Virtual Reality to Go; Best Tech-note, Effects of Redirection on Spatial Orientation in Real and Virtual Environments; Best Paper, Prototyping a Light Field Display Involving Direct Observation of a Video Projector Array; Top Ten Products of the Year, Immersive WorkWall; Industry Excellence, Immersive Workbench; and the inaugural IEEE VR 2005 award for Seminal Technical Achievement in Virtual and Augmented Reality.

The IEEE VGTC Awards program recognizes and honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community through their research and / or volunteer efforts. Each year, the Technical Achievement Awards are presented during the annual Virtual Reality conference.

REINVENT featured on IEEE Innovation Spotlight

Full REINVENT system
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REINVENT is featured on the IEEE XPLORE Innovation Spotlight. REINVENT is a collaboration between the ICT Mixed Reality Lab and Dr. Sook-Lei Liew to leverage virtual reality and EEG for stroke rehabilitation.

VR and Stroke Rehabilitation

REINVENT is a collaboration between the ICT Mixed Reality Lab and Dr. Sook-Lei Liew to leverage virtual reality and EEG for stroke rehabilitation. The story was recently covered by USC News. “It’s a blend of tech, industry, science and the clinic,” says Dr. Liew. “It really takes it to a whole new level.”

REINVENT: Virtual Reality Rehab at USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy from USC Dentistry on Vimeo.

You Can Change the Laws of Physics and Win the Best Poster Award at IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

teaserCan we adapt if the laws of physics change on us? In virtual reality environments, the laws of physics are very malleable. Yes, we can adapt as long as we are given good visual feedback in a timely manner. Our research into “Motor Adaptation in Response to Scaling and Diminished Feedback in Virtual Reality” was awarded Best Poster at the 2017 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference. Congratulations to David Krum, Thai Phan, and Sin-Hwa Kang.


MxR Studio “Left of Boom” Student Developer Team Top 3 Finalist for Body Computing Conference VR Hackathon

The student team working as part of the MxR Lab’s research effort developing the “Language of VR” to determine “best practices” for creating rich “mixed environments”, were selected as one of the three finalists in the Future of Digital Health 10th Annual USC Global Body Computing Conference’s 2nd Annual VR Hackathon, with their submission “The Bystander Project.”

The VR Logline for the project is: A participant puts on the HTC Vive headset and is transported to a college house party where they are encouraged to look for signs of potential sexual harassment or abuse, and act upon them. This leads the participant to discover that they have the power to manipulate time, to pause, rewind and change the outcome of the scenario through the use of their presence and voice ultimately recognizing the importance of being an active bystander.

The Left of Boom team comprised of, Allison Comrie, John Francis, Brian Handy, Duc Ho, Chris Horrigan, Jyotsna Kadimi, Mari Kyle, Atley Loughridge and Vathsal Shashidhar worked under the supervision of the MxR Studio team:

Executive Director, Todd Richmond
Creative Director, David Nelson
Technical Director, Rhys Yahata