Like very few other infrastructure projects, "Mirror Worlds" has the potential to connect people around the world (researchers, educators, students, and the general public) to computational research on human behavior, interaction, and understanding.
Mirror Worlds is an interdisciplinary project focused on creating a computing infrastructure for research across physical and digital environments. Each environment within Mirror Worlds is a two part system composed of a physical room/building and a coexisting virtual model of that physical space. Users of an environment are not just visitors to a physical space or virtual model, but are also participants whose behavior influences the environments’ forms and functions. The virtual and physical aspects of the environment are connected with one another through a coordinate-based data networking system to enable user interaction with the rest of the system including environment objects and other users.
A project funded by the National Science Foundation, Mirror Worlds researches human interaction by studying behavior and emotion in both the physical and virtual environment. Sensors placed around the Moss Arts Center track people in the physical space and then generate a digital version of those people at those same locations in a virtual building. People will also be able to access the virtual model of the building online and see both online visitors and the tracked representations of real people currently in the physical building. The project hopes to create a shared space, with portals between the physical and virtual, where people can interact with each other and explore the Moss Arts Center.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1305231. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
|Doug Bowman||Computer Science||College of Engineering|
|Nicholas Polys||Computer Science||College of Engineering|
|Yong Cao||Computer Science||College of Engineering|
|Benjamin Knapp||Computer Science||College of Engineering|
|Dane Webster||School of Visual Arts||College of Architecture and Urban Studies|
|Thomas Tucker||School of Visual Arts||College of Architecture and Urban Studies|
|James Ivory||Communication||College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences|
|Ivica Ico Bukvic||Music||College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences|