IEEE VR 2020: Designing and Refining VR/AR Tech for Optimal User Experience
By Lori Cameron

Innovations in virtual reality and 3D user interfaces center largely on user experience. Gamers often encounter problems with mismatched objects in the real and virtual worlds, lag, motion sickness, and collision with objects and other players. As researchers work to resolve these issues, numerous other fields are adopting VR tech including education, architecture, and medicine.

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The global virtual reality market is expected to reach $120.5 billion by 2026.

Advances in these areas grow stronger every year.

The IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (IEEE VR) is the premier international event for the presentation of research results in virtual reality. IEEE VR brings together leaders, innovators, and influencers from around the world to disseminate the latest virtual reality research and advancements.

Since 1993, IEEE VR has presented groundbreaking research and accomplishments by virtual reality pioneers—scientists, engineers, designers, and artists who are paving the way for the future. A globally recognized event for introducing the next big advancements in VR, IEEE VR 2020 will feature oral presentations, posters, research demos, and workshops.

The 27th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces will be held from March 22nd – 26th, 2020 at the W Atlanta – Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia. Register today!

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Exclusive Interview with IEEE VR 2020 General Chair, Kyle Johnsen

What are the biggest challenges driving innovation in VR and 3D user interfaces?

The field is highly user-centered, and so is most interested in addressing the challenges that users face with current technology, often by developing techniques that get around the issues or by developing new technologies that directly address that.  For example, there are mismatches between physical and virtual space (e.g. boundaries, floors, objects) and limited haptic (touch) feedback when colliding with virtual objects, alongside general fatigue and sickness after long term use.

Often, the issues are highly application dependent, and with new applications emerging at a much higher velocity than before, there are new issues to address.  For example, there was little research activity in the area of multi-user VR prior to the arrival of consumer headsets, but now applications are struggling with issues such as collocated people who run into each other and the impact of our own avatars and others in social situations.

What important VR challenges will attendees see addressed at this year’s conference?

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Kyle Johnsen, University of Georgia

Major technical innovations will be presented at IEEE VR 2020.  These include the optimization and design of new interaction devices, new means of telepresence, and new display technologies (AR and VR).

There will probably be much more work on addressing limited physical space, interacting with other people in VR, and adding novel interaction devices and techniques.  I also expect a great deal more work on augmented reality interfaces this year.

How have VR innovations, especially the kind presented in VR conference proceedings, been applied or adopted by different industries in recent years?

Training & Educational Technology – VR provides a way to access visually realistic environments and objects within them from anywhere, by anyone.  These virtual environments provide perfect standardization and near-infinite customization at low cost.  High-quality performance metrics are much easier to obtain than in the real world.

Computer-aided design (CAD), especially architecture/building/vehicle design – Anything designed to hold people that is evaluated from within, as virtual reality enables a first-person, stereoscopic perspective, taken with others who are potentially remote.  AR is also having an impact in this space, mostly for design review among multiple collocated users.

Medicine – Both in the aforementioned training, but also in the use of VR to assist with pain management, doctor-patient interaction (also AR), and the actual diagnosis of certain diseases particularly motion disorders.

What’s been the pace of adoption?

Software techniques get adopted very quickly.  For example, the idea of reducing simulator sickness through reducing field of view while moving was almost immediately adopted by industry practitioners.   Practically speaking, hardware usually takes much longer to be adopted, but the original Google Cardboard trailed the introduction of the concept at IEEE VR by just a few months.

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IEEE VR 2020 Technical Program: Browse a Treasure Trove of Relevant Topics and Find Those Best Suited for You

The technical program of IEEE VR 2020 will consist of invited talks, paper presentations, and workshops on virtual reality and 3D user interfaces. Take a look. Which topics interest you?

  • 3D and volumetric display and projection technology
  • 3D authoring
  • 3D user interaction
  • 3DUI metaphors
  • Audio interfaces, sound rendering, spatialized audio, auditory perception, and psychoacoustics
  • Collaborative interactions
  • Computer graphics techniques
  • Crowd simulation
  • Embodied agents, virtual humans and (self-)avatars
  • Ethical issues
  • Haptic and tactile interfaces, wearable haptics, passive haptics, pseudo haptics, other touch-based UI
  • Human factors and ergonomics
  • Immersive / 360° video
  • Immersive analytics and visualization
  • Input devices
  • Locomotion and navigation
  • Mediated and diminished reality
  • Mobile, desktop or hybrid 3DUIs
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Multi-user and distributed systems
  • Multimodal capturing and reconstruction
  • Multimodal input and output
  • Multimodal/cross-modal Interaction and perception
  • Multisensory rendering, registration, and synchronization
  • Non-fatiguing 3DUIs
  • Non-visual interfaces (such as olfactory)
  • Perception and cognition
  • Presence, body ownership, and agency
  • Scene description and management issues
  • Software architectures, toolkits, and engineering
  • Storytelling
  • Teleoperation and telepresence
  • Therapy and rehabilitation
  • Touch, tangible and gesture interfaces
  • Tracking and sensing
  • Usage research, evaluation methods, and empirical studies

The Venue: The “W” in Midtown Atlanta

W Midtown AtlantaIEEE VR 2020 will be held at the W Atlanta – Midtown Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. When traveling to Atlanta, fly into the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The conference hotel is located 13 miles from the airport.

Located in the city’s most electric neighborhood, W Atlanta – Midtown is just a stone’s throw from amazing shopping and nightlife, as well as attractions like Piedmont Park and Ponce City Market. The W has sleek rooms and suites with tech-friendly perks, comfy beds, and views over Midtown. Enjoy “New Southern” fare at TRACE, or mix and mingle at the Living Room to the soundtrack of the area’s newest and coolest musical talents. Make your reservations soon!

 


 

About Lori Cameron

Lori Cameron is Senior Writer for IEEE Computer Society publications and digital media platforms with over 20 years of technical writing experience. She is a part-time English professor and winner of two 2018 LA Press Club Awards. Contact her at l.cameron@computer.org. Follow her on LinkedIn.