Special Issue "The Role of Affordances and Perception in Virtual Reality"

A special issue of Designs (ISSN 2411-9660). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Nancy Rodriguez
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Guest Editor
LIRMM, University of Montpellier, 34090 Montpellier, France
Interests: virtual reality; augmented reality; visualization; interaction; accessibility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, technological advances and user acceptance have opened up new possibilities for the adoption of virtual reality in several fields. It is then essential to understand how to immerse the user in virtual reality to work efficiently in computer-generated worlds.

Training and education are well-established applications of virtual reality. Simulation and visual realism provide training situations very close to practice with real systems while reducing cost and risks. Virtual reality allows us to change time and space scales, to visualize concepts from different perspectives, and to experience real environments that are unavailable due to distance or time or simply because they do not (already) exist.

Industry, health, entertainment, as well as marketing and creative industries are some of the sectors where virtual reality is being adopted. More recently, virtual reality use in data analysis has become an emerging means of presenting and interacting with data in new ways in order to support decision-making processes.

In virtual reality, people explore and interact freely with objects in the virtual environment, which poses several challenges: what is the best way to use “affordances” to facilitate object recognition and interaction options, to model and measure visual searches, to model and drive users’ levels of attention and distraction, and to asses the level of engagement, immersion, and presence?

Advancing research on these key issues could further produce new guidelines and practices for the design of virtual reality applications.

This Special Issue invites researchers to share recent progress on these topics in all related fields (including but not limited to education and training, health, and immersive analytics). Interdisciplinary contributions are especially welcome. Guest Editors encourage the submission of papers containing a rigorous evaluation of their approach.

Dr. Nancy Rodriguez
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Virtual reality in education and training
  • Affordances in virtual reality
  • Modeling/assessing users’ attention in virtual reality
  • Modeling/assessing visual searches in virtual reality
  • Virtual searches in virtual reality

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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