Virtual Reality and Interactive Systems

Virtual Reality and Interactive Systems

Virtual Reality and Interactive Systems

Recent/current Projects

  • Videogames and ethical decision-making
  • Player retention in online mutiplayer games - what can we use to predict whether players are likely to give up playing the game
  • Player performance and predicting victory in online mutiplayer games - how can we assess the performance of individual players and use that in predicting which team will win?
  • What is eSports? - With the rise in popularity of eSports do we understand what it is and how it relates to sport, play and videogames?
  • Player relationship to character - what affects the relationship that players have with the in-games characters?
  • Educational Virtual Worlds for School Students –  Omosa Virtual World for Science Inquiry
  • Adherence to medical treatment advice
  • Changing Stigmatising Attitudes to Mental Health
  • Heath Education/behaviour change/consumer empowerment

Other Projects

  • Commonwealth Standard Grant Agreement, the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, Smart Transport, Macquarie Park
  • MQRIS Research Infrastructure Grant, the AMTI Force-sensing treadmill
  • ARC Linkage Grant, Enhancing Lifeguard Performance: A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • CAANZ Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Application for Research Funding, How will VR and AR technologies disrupt or benefit the accounting profession?
  • CEPET Seed Grant, Wearable computing devices in the detection of drowsiness to improve drivers’ performance in a simulator,
  • AMSI-Internship1: Towards Development of a Virtual-Reality intervention platform for Cerebral Palsy patients
  • ProVC 360 Outreach Project: ProVice-Chancellor (Programs &Pathways)’s 360 Outreach Project
  • A Mixed Reality Security Management System
  • The Age of the Aboriginal Avatar,
  • A Mobile Augmented Reality Framework
  • Smart Wearable Device Integrating ECG, EMG and Gripping Pressure Signals for Real Time Drowsiness Detection
  • Motor Imagery Based EEG Signal Classification using Deep Learning Algorithms
  • Raising Environmental awareness using Mobile Augmented Reality
  • Intelligent HCI using Mixed reality and Agent Based Modelling
  • A Gesture Based Interface for Virtual Reality
  • Cognitive Flexibility and Adaptive Feedback in Driving Simulators
  • Augmented Reality Improves Novice Driver Safety
  • Detection of Drivers’ Drowsiness in Driving Simulators

Research Students

  • Amal Abdulrahman
  • Hamed Saleh Alqahtani
  • Majed Alrowaily
  • Hasan Alyamani
  • Farshid Anvari
  • Amara Atif
  • Muhammad Zeeshan Baig
  • Wayne Charters
  • Anuva Chowdhury
  • Tamara Ginige (completed)
  • Nader Hanna (completed)
  • Hessam Jahani
  • Kevin Lucas
  • Zhenzhong Charles Liu (completed)
  • Anupam Makhija
  • Christopher McCutcheon
  • Prachi Paranjape
  • Hedieh Ranjbartabar
  • Di Wang
  • David Walker

Collaborators

  • Patrina Caldwell, Children's Hospital Westmead
  • Ken Cheng (Department of Psychology, Animal Behaviour)
  • Frank Dignum, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Paul Formosa (Philosophy), Macquarie University
  • James Hazelton (Department of Accounting)
  • Stephanie Howarth (Psychology),  Macquarie University
  • Mairicio Marrone (Department of Accounting)
  • Kat Mills (Department of Physiotherapy)
  • Michael Jacobson, School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
  • Jane Messer (Creative Writing), Macquarie University
  • Ken Sheedy (Department of Archeology)
  • Mark Wiggins (Department of Psychology, Organisational Psychology)

Events

  • 18th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, November 5-8, Sydney, Australia
  • The 2nd Annual Workshop of Macquarie University’s Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training, a free full-day event held between 9:00am - 4:30pm on April 30 in Macquarie University's Senate Room (16WW 310) visit the CEPET website

Grants

2018-2019 Commonwealth Standard Grant, the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, Smart Transport, Macquarie Park, Prof M Heimlich, Prof M Sheng, Prof Subhas Mukhopadhyay , A/Prof Kavakli, Prof Jian Yang, SCS59374 ($1,000,000)

2017-2020 ARC Linkage Grant, A/Prof Griffin, Prof Wiggins, A/Prof Rich, Dr Curby, Dr Taylor, Dr Olsen, A/Prof Kavakli, Ms Giacomelli, Enhancing Lifeguard Performance: A Multidisciplinary Approach, LP160101803 ($289,968+90,000 by YMCA NSW)

2016-2017 CAANZ Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Application for Research Funding 2016-2018 (Accounting & Computing) James Hazelton, Manolya Kavakli, Mauricio Marrone, How will VR and AR technologies disrupt or benefit the accounting profession? ($19,690)

2017 CEPET Seed Grant scheme, (Depts of Computing, Psychology, Engineering, Renault) (Kavakli, Irwin, Kemeny, Merienne, Chowdhury, Alyamani, Walker), $4951, Wearable computing devices in the detection of drowsiness to improve drivers’ performance in a simulator, The Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training, Macquarie University

2016 CEPET Equipment Grant, $3,000.00, The purchase of an Oculus (Rift), HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR +360degree cam, The Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training, Macquarie University

2016-2017 MQSIS Grant, Strategic Infrastructure Scheme, (Psychology, Ancient History, Computing) (Wiggins, Tristan, Kavakli) Simulated High Fidelity Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) ($145,678)

2016 -2019 The Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training, Professor William Thompson (Psychology, CCD), Professor Mark Wiggins (Psychology), Professor John Sutton (Cognitive Science, CCD), Associate Professor Barbara Griffin (Psychology), Dr Melanie Taylor (Psychology), Professor Mark Williams (Cognitive Science), Dr Kim Curby (ARC DECRA, Psychology), Associate Professor Catherine McMahon (Linguistics), Associate Professor Manolya Kavakli-Thorne (Computer Science), Associate Professor Anina Rich (Cognitive Science) Professor Greg Downey (Anthropology), Macquarie University (submitted on  9.9.15) ($150,000)

2015-2016 Macquarie University Faculty Equipment Grant, Constant Voltage and Current Stimulator, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Science (Depts of Psychology, Medicine, Computing,) (Norberg, Wiggins, Baillie, Kavakli) ($4420)

2014-2015 MQSIS Grant, Strategic Infrastructure Scheme, (Audiology, Linguistics, Psychology, Computing, Centre for Emotional Health, Institute of Early Childhood, ACG) (McMahon, Kruger, Wiggins, Kavakli, Benson, Kruger, Newhall, Stephen, Hellmann) Cognitive processing: Eye tracking and EEG ($97K)

2013-2014 MQSIS Grant, Strategic Infrastructure Scheme, Virtual Reality Dome System, Departments of Psychology,    Chiropractics, Computing, and Media, Macquarie University, Centre for Human Performance Simulation ($880K) (Mark Wiggins, Kim Curby, Manolya Kavakli-Thorne, Andrew Baillie, Julia Irwin, Melissa Norberg, Bill Thompson, Kat Mills, Greg Downey)

2014-2015 Macquarie University Faculty Equipment Grant, Portalite Near Infrared Tissue Oxygenation Monitor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Science (Depts of Psychology, Computing, Medicine) (Wiggins, Thompson, Norberg, Baillie, Curby, Kavakli, Wood, Irwin) ($10K)

2012-2013 Enterprise Partnership Grant, Macquarie University (Kavakli & Love)

Enhancing learning outcomes using immersive technologies and training simulations in critical decision making and emergency management in Sydney Ferries ($40K) –[called off due to privatization of S.Ferries]

2012-2013 Macquarie University Safety Net Grant (Kavakli) for DP120103004

Authoring Training Simulations for First Responders ($25K)

2010-2011 Research Infrastructure Block Grant (Wiggins, Thompson, Kavakli, Jones, Hall) 9201001581 Proposed Purchase of A Redbird FMX Flight Simulator for Macquarie University ($75K)

2010-2011 Research Infrastructure Block Grant (Richards, Thompson, Kavakli, Evans, Crowdy, Hitchens) 9201001566 An immersive virtual reality environment for sound and vision experimental studies ($31K)

2009-2012 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, DP0988088 (Kavakli)

A Gesture-Based Interface for Designing in Virtual Reality ($220K)

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