- Aarhus University, Denmark
Fully immersive virtual environments, while proven useful in many specialized contexts still suffer from relatively high costs and complexity. In this task we will use and expand the already existing VR installations for experiments on immersive multi-user virtual environments. VRML - Virtual Reality Modeling Language - a Web standard which allows interactive access to low-end, but platform independent, hyperlinked virtual environments is a promising candidate for standard workplace VR. We hypothesise that a multi-user interactive virtual environment will be a productive platform for communication of complex data, models, products and organizations. Such environments can be realised on high-end graphics platforms, providing immersion at high speeds in realistic scenery, or alternatively on generic platforms based on Web standards, with emphasis on interaction between geographically remote users in spatial hypertexts. Further we hypothesize that life in complex multiuser environments will meet a number of basic challenges relating to navigation, communication and physical comfort, challenges that are best overcome with the assistance of adaptive software agents.
|Period||01/01/98 → 31/12/01|