Research Project: Virtual Reality Application for Game Theory, Towers of Hanoi, & Prisoner’s Dilemma Study

The UCSIM | Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research is excited to start a new collaborative project with Dr. Jaime Windeler and Dr. Andrew Harrison in the Lindner College of Business.  The Virtual Reality Application for Game Theory, Towers of Hanoi, & Prisoner’s Dilemma Study project will allow study participants to perform game theory tasks (Towers of Hanoi and Prisoner’s Dilemma with Punishment Rounds) as part of their ongoing research about economic decision-making.  The purpose of this phase of the study is to measure the effects of fully immersive virtual reality on decision-making.

UCSIM will develop a prototype virtual reality application with game theory exercises for study participants, including a Tower of Hanoi scenario for cooperative play, and a Prisoner’s Dilemma with Punishment Rounds scenario.  The Prisoner’s Dilemma game will feature six (6) rounds where players decide how many tokens to contribute to a group pool, and how many tokens to punish other players for not contributing to the group pool.

For more information, visit the project page.

UCSIM at TEDxCincinnati Innovation Alley

The Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research (UCSIM) was delighted to participate in the TEDxCincinnati “Innovation Alley” on July 9, 2015 at the Cincinnati Mason Center downtown.  The sold-out event brought together a vibrant Cincinnati community of explorers, artists, and technologists for an evening of sharing and discovery.

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About TEDxCincinnati

Cincinnati is a thriving hub for many disciplines — technology, entertainment, design, science, humanities, business, and development. It is a community of remarkable individuals who contribute to “Ideas Worth Spreading.”  In the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDxCincinnati brings people together to share a TED-like experience. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized, where the x = independently organized TED events. A TEDxCincinnati Main Stage event features TED talk videos, live speakers and performers to spark deep discussion and connection.

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UCSIM at Innovation Alley

The UCSIM booth at the TEDxCincinnati Innovation Alley demonstrated several immersive technologies, including augmented reality with Google Glass, virtual reality with the Oculus Rift, and gesture controls with Leap Motion.

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With great thanks to the TEDxCincinnati organizers, we look forward to participating again next year!

UCSIM Demo at OELMA’s 2nd Regional Innovative Learning Spaces EduConference

UCSIM was happy to participate in the OELMA’s 2nd regional Innovative Learning Spaces EduConference last Friday!  The Ohio Educational Library Media Association partnered with Butler Tech and Warren County Career Center to offer a one day professional development event on May 1, 2015. The Innovative Learning Spaces EduConference was designed for school librarians, technology leaders, administrators, and youth services librarians.

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UCSIM Demo at the CECH 2015 IT Expo

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the fifth annual Information Technology Expo was held in the University of Cincinnati Recreation Center.  The event featured a guest speaker and senior projects on display by undergraduate students in the Information Technology program.  The projects represented the breadth of knowledge covered in the IT program and highlight the two primary areas of focus: Software Application Development and Networking & Systems.  UCSIM congratulated senior developers and demoed the Oculus Rift, Leap Motion, and Google Glass technology.

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UCSIM Welcomes RevolutionUC Hackathon!

WELCOME REVOLUTIONUC HACKATHON!

RevolutionUC is a college hackathon, hosted every semester at the University of Cincinnati. A hackathon is when people who are excited about programming come together for a weekend and collaborate to build cool things. Entrepreneurs, designers, and developers work in teams to create hacks and apps for web or mobile platforms – in our case, these creators are university students. Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness.

 

UCSIM HACK OPPORTUNITY #1:  VIRTUAL REALITY CAMPUS

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Using a virtual model of the real University of Cincinnati campus and an Oculus Rift DK2, develop an interactive application that would help incoming freshman learn more about living, working, and playing in and around UC.  Your application should take advantage of the sense of presence and immersion that virtual reality provides, and may address any of the following themes: Campus Safety, Finding Classes, Virtual Tours, Campus of the Future.  Be sure to consider the end user experience and how to minimize simulator sickness in your design!

UCSIM HACK OPPORTUNITY #2:  THE GOOGLE GLASS-ROOM

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Wearable computing will change the way we interact with our devices and the world around us.  Develop an application for Google Glass that will improve the educational experience in any of the following topics: Augmented Reality Classroom or Lab, Scheduling and Organizing, Personalized Education, Collaboration & Teamwork.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Entries will be judged based several criteria, including:
  • Problem Definition:  How precise and relevant is the real world problem or opportunity? How interesting or difficult to resolve – functionally or technically – is the problem being challenged? For this criterion, we only focus on the problem challenged, not on the solution created to solve this problem.
  • Solution Design & Innovation:  Does the application approach a new problem, or look at an old problem in a new way? Is the solution completely innovative or does it rely on an existing concept/technology? Does the application impact a large number of people very broadly, or impact a smaller number of people very deeply? To what degree does the application actually solve the current problem?
  • Practical Application:  Is the application technically viable? Would people use this product?  Is this solution only theoretical or does it have a realistic application for educational purposes? (Not necessarily here and now, but eventually in the future and/or for certain markets).
  • Functionality:  How functional is the prototype?  Does the prototype demonstrate lots of functionality at a high level or is it more limited in scope?
  • Presentation & User Experience:  How well is the application presented?  Is the user experience positive or negative?  How intuitive or functional is the UI design?

UCSIM Staff will be available during the competition for guidance and mentoring.  Good luck hackers!

 

 

Student Worker Positions Available

The Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Reseach (UCSIM) is now hiring student worker positions! If you or someone you know may be interested in working at UCSIM, please send them a link to this post. We are hiring both graphic designers and programmers. See the job descriptions below for more information.

Graphic Designer

Position Description: UCit Instructional & Research Computing seeks student with graphic design and 3D modeling experience for exciting position in website, games, and virtual worlds development.

Job Description: Join our team to help design, develop, and grow the university’s interactive, immersive virtual campus. Graphic design and modeling needs include creating 3D models, digital objects and assets, graphic design, texture creation, branding and signage development for projects, architectural modeling of campus architecture, and more. Preference will be given to applicants in graphic design, electronic design media, or related fields of study, or who have experience with the Second Life or OpenSim platforms. The ideal applicant will have a good sense of humor, strong work ethic, enjoy working independently, and be passionate about gaming, virtual worlds, and the emerging metaverse. Position provides flexible scheduling around your classes and academic requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be enrolled at the University of Cincinnati at least part-time (6 credit hours for undergraduate students and 5 credit hours for graduate students), with the exception of summer quarter, or will be a registered student during the next academic quarter/semester for summer work.
  • Must be age 18 or older.
  • Must be available to work throughout the summer term of 2012.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have a high comfort with using discussion boards, blogs, wikis, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Graphic design experience using Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Experience with the Second Life or OpenSim platforms, or other game design experience.
  • Experience with Blender, Poser, Maya, or AutoCAD.
  • Experience with WordPress blogging software.
  • Advanced graphic design and/or 3D modeling skills.
  • The ideal applicant will have a good sense of humor, strong work ethic, enjoy working independently, and be passionate about gaming, virtual worlds, and the emerging metaverse.
  • Pay Rate: $10+ depending upon experience

To apply for the position:

– Visit http://www.jobsatuc.com
– Click “Search Postings” on the left
– Search for the Position Number: 2110827-ses

The website should have further instructions for completing the application process and applicants should have a resume and cover letter prepared to submit with their application.

Programmer

Position Description: UCit Instructional & Research Computing seeks talented student with programming experience for exciting position in website, games, and virtual worlds development.

Job Description: Join our team to help design, develop, and grow the university’s interactive, immersive virtual campus. Programming needs include scripting virtual objects and assets for interactivity, developing modules to communicate between the web and the virtual world, designing and programming games and learning modules to support learning activities, and more. Preference will be given to applicants in computer science, IT, or related fields of study, or who have programming experience with the Second Life or OpenSim platforms. The ideal applicant will have a good sense of humor, strong work ethic, enjoy working independently, and be passionate about gaming, virtual worlds, and the emerging metaverse. Position provides flexible scheduling around your classes and academic requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be enrolled at the University of Cincinnati at least part-time (6 credit hours for undergraduate students and 5 credit hours for graduate students), with the exception of summer quarter, or will be a registered student during the next academic quarter/semester for summer work.
  • Must be age 18 or older.
  • Must be available to work throughout the summer term of 2012.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have a high comfort with using discussion boards, blogs, wikis, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Programming experience, preferably with C, C++, or C#.
  • Web development experience, which should include some combination of PHP, Apache, Python, MySQL, CSS, HTML, RSS, XHTML, or XML.

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Experience with the Second Life or OpenSim platforms, or other game design experience.
  • Experience with WordPress blogging software.
  • Advanced programming skills.
  • The ideal applicant will have a good sense of humor, strong work ethic, enjoy working independently, and be passionate about gaming, virtual worlds, and the emerging metaverse.
  • Pay Rate: $10+ depending upon experience

To apply for the position:

– Visit http://www.jobsatuc.com
– Click “Search Postings” on the left
– Search for the Position Number: 2100311-ses

The website should have further instructions for completing the application process and applicants should have a resume and cover letter prepared to submit with their application.