Artificial Realities and Interactive Ambients
The ARIA team is a new initiative and is part of the HCI Research Group of KU Leuven. Our research studies the behaviour of users in interactive Virtual Environments, with the aim of improving their experience.
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IEEE VR 2020
The Space Bender: Supporting Natural Walking via Overt Manipulation of the Virtual Environment
Manipulating the appearance of a Virtual Environment to enable natural walking has so far focused on modifications that are intended to be unnoticed by users. In our research, we took a radically different approach by embracing the overt nature of the change. To explore this method, we designed the Space Bender, a natural walking technique for room-scale VR. It builds on the idea of overtly manipulating the Virtual Environment by “bending” the geometry whenever the user comes in proximity of a physical boundary
ACM SUI 2019
LIVE: the Human Role while Learning in an Immersive Virtual Environment
This work studies the role of a human instructor within an immersive VR lesson. We conducted a between-subjects user study with two groups of students: one experienced the VR lesson while immersed together with an instructor; the other experienced the same contents demonstrated through animation sequences simulating the actions that the instructor would take.
IEEE TVCG 2017
Altering User Movement Behaviour in Virtual Environments
In immersive Virtual Reality systems, users tend to move in a Virtual Environment as they would in an analogous physical environment. In this work, we investigated how user behaviour is affected when the Virtual Environment differs from the physical space.
ACM CHI 2015
Substitutional Reality: Using the physical environment to design Virtual Reality experiences
Experiencing Virtual Reality in domestic and other uncontrolled settings is challenging due to the presence of physical objects and furniture that are not usually defined in the Virtual Environment. To address this challenge, we explore the concept of Substitutional Reality in the context of Virtual Reality: a class of Virtual Environments where every physical object surrounding a user is paired, with some degree of discrepancy, to a virtual counterpart.