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The High Fidelity Virtual Environments (Hi5) Lab resides in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Mississippi State University. We combine computer science, neuroscience, and psychology to perform novel research examining human performance and behavior in VR/AR/MR.


News from the Hi5 Lab


Extended Reality Research Overview of the Hi5 Lab

Adam Jones 2021/11/2 17:12
Join us for an encore presentation of “Extended Reality: Extending Human-Centered Research” as part of the Introduction to Computer Science and Engineering seminar series. This presentation will be held on Monday, November 15, at 5:30 PM in the Harned Hall, Room 102.

ABSTRACT: Extended Reality (XR) refers to a wide range of “reality” altering technologies including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. XR technologies have become more widely available through smartphones, virtual reality headsets, and other wearable devices. The diversity of topics that a scientist or developer encounters when studying XR can be strikingly broad. Often, we need to have at least some understanding of perceptual psychology, biomechanics, software development, digital devices, and computer graphics. You can think of these topics as being a new kind of skill-stack that encompasses the tools needed to be a highly competitive XR developer or researcher. The necessary diversity of XR development is presently fueling innovations and collaborations across a wide range of areas within science and engineering. As a result, there are new and exciting opportunities for students interested in building careers in XR development, as well as for scientists looking to broaden the scope of their research. In this talk, I will give an overview of some of the research and educational activities in the High Fidelity Virtual Environments Lab (Hi5 Lab) that furthers the goal of producing exceptional XR scientists and developers.


CSE Seminar Series: Extended Reality Research

Adam Jones 2021/10/12 11:59
On Friday, October 22, at 3:00 PM, Dr. Jones will be giving a talk entitled “Extended Reality: Extending Human-Centered Research” at the Mitchell Memorial Library (Room 1405).

ABSTRACT: Extended Reality (XR) refers to a wide range of “reality” altering technologies including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. XR technologies have become more widely available through smartphones, virtual reality headsets, and other wearable devices. The diversity of topics that a scientist or developer encounters when studying XR can be strikingly broad. Often, we need to have at least some understanding of perceptual psychology, biomechanics, software development, digital devices, and computer graphics. You can think of these topics as being a new kind of skill-stack that encompasses the tools needed to be a highly competitive XR developer or researcher. The necessary diversity of XR development is presently fueling innovations and collaborations across a wide range of areas within science and engineering. As a result, there are new and exciting opportunities for students interested in building careers in XR development, as well as for scientists looking to broaden the scope of their research. In this talk, I will give an overview of some of the research and educational activities in the High Fidelity Virtual Environments Lab (Hi5 Lab) that furthers the goal of producing exceptional XR scientists and developers.


Cognitive Science Seminar Series: XR and Human-Centered Research

Adam Jones 2021/8/24 18:09
On Friday, September 3, at 12:00 PM, Dr. Jones will present an XR research seminar as part of the ACCESS seminar series in Cognitive Science. The seminar will be in Old Main 2130. XR gives us an unparalleled opportunity to study aspects of perception, action, and cognition that have not been previously possible. Please join us for an exciting discussion of the research conducted by the Hi5 Lab.


Hi5 Lab has moved to Bulldog Country!

Adam Jones 2021/08/16 12:00
The Hi5 Lab has recently moved to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University. We are proud of all the outstanding students who have graduated as members of Hi5 at our previous institution, and we look forward to graduating many more in the years to come! We are excited about the new collaborations, projects, and team members here at Mississippi State. You will still be able to find updates and information about the Hi5 Lab at our website: hi5lab.org.


Bacteria and Virtual Reality research to be presented at ACM VRST 2020

Adam Jones 2020/08/18 15:07
Congratulations to Benji Creel for having his Honors Thesis research accepted for publication at the 2020 ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology! This work was co-authored with Dr. Colin Jackson, Dr. Caitlin Rinz-Jones, and Dr. J. Adam Jones.

As commodity virtual reality (VR) systems become more common, they are rapidly gaining popularity for entertainment, education, and training purposes. VR utilizes headsets which come in contact with or close proximity to the user's eyes, nose, and forehead. In this study, the potential for these headsets to become contaminated with bacteria was analyzed. The nosepieces and foreheads of two HTC Vive headsets were sampled over the course of a seven-week period in a VR software development course. Serial dilutions were performed, and samples were plated on various culture media. Following incubation, counts of bacteria were determined. DNA was extracted from bacterial colonies and the 16S rRNA gene was sequenced to identify bacterial contaminates present on the headsets. Chief among these contaminates was Staphylococcus aureus. The results of these tests indicated that the Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from the headsets possessed high levels of antibiotic resistance. Other notable bacterial isolates included Moraxella osloensis, the bacteria responsible for foul odors in laundry and Micrococcus luteus, a communalistic bacterial species capable of causing opportunistic infections. Other bacterial isolates were detected in variable amounts throughout the trial.


Hi5 Summer Seminar Series is LIVE ALL SUMMER!

Adam Jones 2020/06/20 20:45
In the time of social distancing and safer-at-home policies, it is easy to lose contact and comradery with each other. For this reason, the Hi5 Lab is hosting our first virtual summer seminar series. This is geared towards keeping people who are interested in AR/VR and related topics in-touch, engaged, and apprised of the latest research, science, and engineering. Every Friday at 3:00PM Central Time (US), we will be hosting a new speaker!

We have scheduled an excellent group of some of the AR/VR community's best early-career investigators to present a wide cross-section of the newest, most exciting, and groundbreaking research. Their presentations will be live-streamed to the Hi5 YouTube Channel, and recordings will be archived there for you to watch in the future!


Ebbinghaus Illusion in Virtual Reality to be Presented at IEEE VR 2020

Adam Jones 2020/02/19 15:49
Congratulations to Hunter Finney for having his CREX research project investigating how perception and action are affected by visual illusions using virtual reality! This work will be published and presented at the 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (IEEE VR). This work was co-authored with CIS faculty J. Adam Jones.

The Ebbinghaus illusion affects the perceived size of a disc enclosed by an annulus of either larger or smaller discs. Though many have seen consistent effects of the illusion on size perception, there have been mixed results when studying its effect on action-based tasks. We present a study utilizing a virtual environment to examine the illusion's effect on reaching in depth. We found that size judgments were symmetrically affected by common Ebbinghaus configurations, but their distance judgments were asymmetrically affected. Large annulus configurations had no effect on distance judgments while small annulus configurations resulted in underestimation of distances.


Virtual Reality Latency Perception Research to be Presented at IEEE VR 2020

Adam Jones 2020/02/19 15:40
Congratulations to Collin Roth and Ethan Luckett for having their research investigating how users of virtual reality systems perceive latency accepted for publication and presentation at the 2020 IEEE VR Workshop on Perceptual and Cognitive Issues in AR (PERCAR)! This work was co-authored with CIS faculty J. Adam Jones.

Through the history of virtual environments research there has been significant interest in understanding how latency in a system affects a user's experience. Though latency cannot be avoided, previous work has observed that there may be ranges within which small latencies are not discernible. However, the majority of the work examining latency detection thresholds was conducted using hardware and software that are no longer commonly used in contemporary research. In the current study, we examine whether similar latency tolerances exist for modern, off-the-shelf systems. We also look at the effect of increasing and decreasing latency on such tolerances. This revealed evidence of a “latency illusion” that presents in cases of decreasing latency resulting in subjects perceiving less latency than is actually present in the environment.


Novel Reactive Programming Framework to be Presented at IEEE VR 2020

Adam Jones 2020/02/19 15:26
Congratulations to Joao Paulo Marum for having his exciting work on expanding the functionality of game engines commonly used in VR and AR selected for publication and presentation a the IEEE VR Workshop on Software Engineering and Architectures for Realtime Interactive Systems (SEARIS)! This article was co-authored with CIS faculty H. Conrad Cunninghand and J. Adam Jones.

In Virtual Environments (VEs), the system must quickly respond to user actions and accurately display the result. Current solutions on the Unity3D game engine often respond too slowly and display temporarily inaccurate or misleading states, resulting in low user satisfaction. To alleviate this problem, we develop a reactive programming approach that encodes the complex relationships among Unity3D game components in a dependency graph and then uses the graph to order the updates of the components without violating the dependency constraints. This enables more timely updates and more accurate visualizations, potentially providing users with a more satisfying experience. We evaluate our approach by comparing its performance with native Unity3D and with UniRx, the Reactive Extensions library for the Unity3D platform.


Reactive Programming for Web & Desktop Interfaces to be presented at ACM Southeast 2020

Adam Jones 2020/02/19 15:12
Congratulations to Joao Paulo Marum for having his research on reactive programming methods for web and desktop interfaces accepted for publication and presentation at the 2020 ACM Southeast Conference! This article was co-authored with CIS faculty H. Conrad Cunninghand and J. Adam Jones.

In user interfaces on Web and desktop applications, the system must quickly respond to user inputs and accurately display the result. Current solutions for user interfaces often respond too slowly and display temporarily inaccurate or misleading states, resulting in low user satisfaction. To alleviate this problem, we develop a reactive programming approach that encodes the complex relationships among the user interface components in a dependency graph and then uses the graph to order the updates of the components without violating the dependency constraints. This enables more timely updates and more accurate visualizations, potentially providing users with a more satisfying experience. We evaluate our approach by comparing its performance with important alternative reactive libraries for user interfaces.


Hi5 Students Receive the CSpire Scholarship

Adam Jones 2019/05/11 8:14
Congratulations to Hunter Finney and Nayan Chawla for receiving the 2019-2020 CSpire Scholarship! These students are excellent undergraduates who excel in both academics and research. We're proud to have them as members of the Hi5 lab. This scholarship is only awarded to 5 students in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Again, congratulations and thank you for all your hard work and dedication!


UM Computer Science & Hi5 Lab Present at IEEE Southeast Conference 2019

Adam Jones 2019/05/03 13:49
Students from the Hi5 lab and the greater Computer & Information Science department presented their research at the 2019 IEEE SoutheastCon. A total of five papers and one poster were accepted for presentation. Student authors include Joao Paulo Marum, William Panlener, Zhonghui Wang, Khaled Sabahein, and Khoa Tran. Faculty authors include Feng Wang, Conrad Cunningham, and Adam Jones. Congratulations to you guys!


Novel VR Latency Measurement Method to be Presented at IEEE VR 2019

Adam Jones 2019/02/21 06:47
When VR, 3D printing, motion tracking, and circuits come together interesting things happen! A novel end-to-end latency measurement developed in collaboration with Clemson University is going to be presented at the IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces in Osaka, Japan.

In this paper, we discuss a generalizable method to measure end-to-end latency. This is the length of time that elapses between when a real-world movement occurs and when the pixels within a head-mounted display are updated to reflect this movement. The method described here utilizes components commonly available at electronics and hobby shops. We demonstrate this measurement method using an HTC Vive and discuss the influence of its low-persistence display on latency measurement.


Motion Tracking Evaluations Metrics to be Presented at IEEE VR 2019

Adam Jones 2019/02/17 18:56
UM student Ethan Luckett and Rust College student Tykeyah Key are going to have their research into the measurement and evaluation of motion tracking systems presented in the Novel Input Devices and Interaction Techniques Workshop at the IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces in Osaka, Japan. This work was supported by the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.

In this paper, we present three generalizable metrics by which tracking systems for virtual environments can be evaluated. These metrics include positional accuracy, rotational accuracy, and tracking resolution. Additionally, we present methods for acquiring these measurements using components commonly available at hardware and hobby shops. The methods are tested using a consumer-grade virtual reality system but are widely generalizable to most tracking systems, both professional- and consumer-grade.


Optical and Neural Properties of Vision to be Presented at IEEE VR 2019

Adam Jones 2019/02/09 05:34
Work from the Hi5 Lab discussing the optical and neural properties of vision as applied to virtual reality has been accepted to the Neuroscience & Virtuality Workshop at the IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces in Osaka, Japan.

The physiological optics and neurology of vision are topics with much breadth and perhaps even more depth. Though many people have a cursory understanding of the visual system, there are some less-commonly known aspects that are vitally important to virtual environments research and practice. In this paper, we present an elementary discussion of the optical and neural elements involved in the early stages of vision and their relationship to virtual environments.


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