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Colloquium Talk with Dr. Sabah Boustila: Virtual Reality for Real-World Problems

Dr. Sabah Boustila, Assistant Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, will give a virtual colloquium talk on Friday, April 2 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM. See below for the Zoom link and more information.

Abstract: Virtual environments (VEs) displayed through Virtual and Augmented Reality (XR) are commonly used as an alternative means to accomplish delicate tasks or for decision-making in a safe and economical form. For instance, in the military field, VR could be used as a training tool, it has the potential to recreate a real battlefield at a human scale to familiarize soldiers with a new battlefield inside a harmless environment. Despite numerous technological advances in both graphic hardware as well as algorithms and APIs, how accurate virtual environments/contents could be perceived and interpreted in comparison to real ones is still an open research question. In this talk I will discuss some parameters that affect our spatial perception in indoor virtual environments and how can we adjust them to improve our experience and decision-making. Furthermore, in outdoor environment, I will discuss user performance when using navigation aids in virtual environments.

Speaker Bio: I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in User Experience and Web design at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Strasbourg, France in May 2016. While completing my Ph.D I held a Lecturer and Research Assistant position at the same university. In January 2018, I joined the University of Toronto (Canada) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for two years where I worked on navigation aids in virtual environments. In January 2020, I joined again the University of Strasbourg as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow before joining MMU. Throughout my career, my scientific interests have been on Virtual and Augmented Reality (XR) for real-world problems and Three-Dimensional interactions. My aim is to contribute to research that serves the community. Consequently, I have addressed issues related to user experience and spatial perception in virtual environments, and provided solutions for real-world problems: military, transportation, and architecture.

Zoom Meeting (ID: 963 2042 7065 / Password: 282553)