Afnan Bashir's Confirmation Presentation

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Afnan Bashir's Confirmation Presentation

We invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Afnan Bashir, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: Investigation of audio and visual feedback within VR for naturalistic locomotion with consumer-grade treadmills 

Presenter: Afnan Bashir

When: Thursday, 20 September from 2:30-4:30pm

Where: E1.03

Abstract: This research will address the challenge of locomotion in VR by proposing the use of a domestic consumer-grade treadmill, which we call VRMill. Currently, the challenge of locomotion in immersive environments is not solved, and industry uses alternate walking techniques such as walking in place (WIP). Depending on the hardware used some approaches also combine WIP with available walkable space but no interface exists for infinite walking. Available omni-directional treadmills that support infinite walking are still in their infancy and are not available in the domestic market. Furthermore, users are required to adopt unnatural walking when using omni-directional treadmills which may cause accelerated fatigue and cybersickness. This research explores the use of a domestic treadmill to allow natural walking within VR, and compares techniques to allow the user to turn within the VR whilst walking ‘straight’ on the treadmill. For this research, an experimental setup comprising of two main studies has been designed. The first study is divided into three further sub-experiments to assess and fine tune the proposed locomotion interface by performing a task while walking on VRMill (a domestic treadmill purposely modified for this experiment including sensor integration). The second study will investigate how the participant performs the same task on a passive omni-directional treadmill, analyzing their cybersickness, balance, posture, and task accomplishment. The research will propose, evaluate, and compare a new approach for VR navigation which is called “drag to orient” as a potential candidate for natural-walking locomotion in VR.

Bio: Afnan Bashir is a Ph.D. candidate in the Engage Research Lab under the supervision of Prof. Christian Jones and Dr. Tamara De Regt. Afnan has completed his master’s degree in computer science from COMSATS Institute of Information technology, Pakistan. During the study, he published four international research papers in the areas of software engineering and software quality assurance. Afnan has been actively working in the IT sector at various positions and as Assistant Professor at The University of Lahore.

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