Virual Reality Lab

The Virtual Reality Lab is a center for students conducting independent research in virtual environments, computer graphics, and computer games. The most recent project in the VR Lab centers on the application of Virtual Reality technologies to powered wheelchair training, including a suite of games and an intelligent tutoring system designed to help children learn how to operate a power wheelchair. Additional projects include a Personal Driving System (PDS) designed for stroke patients to practice driving skills, and a Breathing Mentor for post-operative breathing exercises for cardiac patients. The lab is equipped with computers, a power glove, three headmounted displays and head trackers, and a haptic driving wheel. Software includes Virtual Reality Modeling Language, 3D Studio Max for modeling, and Virtools for creating immersive virtual worlds.