Spatial Navigation Interfaces for Immersive Environments

Bernhard Riecke E., Ernst Kruijff
Course presented at Spatial Cognition - 2018, Course


Computer-mediated stimuli and environments such as Virtual Reality are becoming increasingly affordable, practicable, and wide-spread in spatial cognition research. In this tutorial we will provide an overview of the rapidly evolving landscape of navigation interfaces and paradigms used in mediated environments, from Virtual Reality (the main focus) to augmented and mixed reality, games, teleoperation, telepresence, telerobotics, and design review. We will discuss different taxonomies of navigation paradigms, and take a detailed look at various breeds of spatial navigation interfaces and paradigm that allow for locomotion in immersive 3D environments such as virtual environments, games, design review, and telepresence applications. We will discuss relevant differences between navigating real vs. mediated environments, and how this can yield specific challenges including concurrent reference frame conflicts and adverse sideeffects such as disorientation and motion sickness. As motion sickness is a wide-spread challenge in mediated environments, we will discuss underlying causes and potential solutions. These foundations form the basis for the practical skillset we will develop, by providing an in-depth discussion of navigation devices and techniques including data from experiments, and a step-by-step discussion of multiple real-world case studies. Doing so, we will cover the full range of navigation techniques from hand-held to full-body, highly engaging and partly unconventional methods and tackle spatial navigation with hands-on experience and tips for design and validation of novel interfaces. In particular, we will be looking at affordable setups and ways to "trick" users to enable a compelling feeling of presence and self-motion in the explored environments. As such, the course unites the theory and practice of spatial navigation in mediated environments. We will conclude with a discussion of open issues and potential future research directions.

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  author       = {Riecke E., Bernhard and Kruijff, Ernst},
  title        = {Spatial Navigation Interfaces for Immersive Environments},
  howpublished = {Course presented at Spatial Cognition},
  year         = {2018},
  note         = {Course},

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