Title: Atypical: A type system for live performances
Candidate: Nunes, Gabriel Barbosa
Advisor(s): Panozzo, Daniele; Perlin, Ken
Chalktalk is a visual language based around real-time interaction with virtual objects in a blackboard-style environment. Its aim is to be a presentation and communication tool, using animation and interactivity to allow easy illustration of complex topics or ideas. Among many of the capabilities of these virtual objects is the ability to send data from one object to another via a visual linking system. In this paper, we describe a way of making the link system more robust by adding type information to these links, and compare and contrast the requirements of a presentation-oriented visual language with a more traditional programming language.
Title: Inducing Cooperation Through Virtual Reality
Candidate: Zhang, Daniel W.
Advisor(s): Perlin, Ken
There has been a recent resurgence in Virtual Reality (VR) as a new medium for entertainment and communication. With these potentially exciting developments, I decided to create an experiment to test how people can potentially be influenced by virtual reality interfaces. I had hoped that I could induce people to cooperate better in a virtual reality version of a task compared to an un-augmented version of the task in the regular world. After conducting 16 separate trials, with half in VR and the other half in the regular world, there is no conclusive evidence to completely confirm or deny this hypothesis. I have found evidence to suggest that there can be such an influence, as there were more successes in the VR trials than the regular trials, but they can potentially be explained away by the sample size and the attitudes of participants before starting the experiment. This data suggests that further research in this field can lead to interesting discoveries regarding human behavior in virtual reality environments, and that the Holojam framework invented by the Future Reality Lab at New York University can be very helpful in designing experiments for this research.