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 performing novel research examining human performance and behavior in VR/AR/MR.
— 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.
— 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!
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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!
— 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!
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.