The CACS VR Lab was established by Christoph W. Borst. It provides students and researchers with high quality graphics workstations, stereoscopic displays, motion trackers, 3D input devices, and force feedback devices.
New graduate assistantships will be available starting Spring 2015 in the following areas: 1) Networked VR educational games and 2) Visual analytics for large datasets. These positions require a background in graphics (such as CSCE 415) or game development (ideally 3D, Unity-based, and/or networked games). These are Ph.D.-level positions, but strong Master-level students will be considered.
Undergraduate internships are occasionally available, and have been advertised near the end of Spring in recent years.
Students can also participate in lab activities through special projects (490, 590) or advanced topics classes (497-499, 619). The VR course in Spring (499, 615) provides an introduction to VR with projects chosen by students.
- PCs with high-end graphics and up to 8 cores
- VR Displays
- Head-mounted: VR1280 HMD, eMagin Z800, Oculus Rift
- Projection-based: 13-foot 3D projection display (Visbox-HD13) with motion tracker, and smaller DepthQ-based active stereo display
- Other: Mirror-based “fishtank” displays, 3D LCDs, and a 3D TV
- Tracking: Intersense IS-900, Polhemus Fastrak, Ascension Minibird and Flock, Optitrack
- Gloves: 18 and 22 sensor Cybergloves, Cybergrasp, Rutgers Master II, 5DT, P5
- Styli: Phantom Premium 1.5 and two Omni force-feedback devices
- Touch displays: Smartphones and a 32″ LCD tracking 40 touch points
- Assorted consumer-level devices (WII Remote, Kinect, Razor Hydra, Creative Senz3D, etc.)
- Access to large-scale projection and high-end motion capture in LITE and the CS MoCap Lab
- Computer Graphics (CMPS 415/515)
- Virtual Reality and Visualization (CMPS 615)
- (Spring 2013) : Experiments in Human-Computer Interaction
- (Spring 2011) : 3D Interaction for Visualization and Games (CMPS 598 Special Topics)
- Advanced Topics (CMPS 619)
A note regarding VR projects and assistantships: Priority is given to students who demonstrate strong commitment to lab projects and related coursework (CMPS 515, 615, 619). Research assistants must maintain a regular work schedule in the VR Lab, develop a project plan with ongoing documentation of progress, take relevant classes, and produce research results.