Former UCF student Sungchul Jung, PhD had a great conference at SUI and was honored to receive the Best Paper Award. Co-awardees are Prof. Charlie Hughes (SREAL) and Prof. Gerd Bruder (SREAL). Congratulate our KIWI colleague from the world down under and his co-authors.
Sungchul is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in The Human Interface Technology Laboratory.
Sungchul Jung, Gerd Bruder, Pamela J. Wisniewski, Christian Sandor, and Charles E Hughes. Over My Hand: Using a Personalized Hand in VR to Improve Object Size Estimation, Body Ownership, and Presence. ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI) 2018.
On June 11, 2018 Myungho Lee presented his Doctorial Dissertation Proposal entitled “MEDIATED PHYSICALITY: INDUCING ILLUSORY PHYSICALITY OF A VIRTUAL HUMAN VIA ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTS.” Congratulations, Myungho.
A person’s sense of acceptance of a virtual body as his or her own is generally called virtual body ownership. Having such a mental model of one’s own body transferred to a virtual human surrogate is known to play a critical role in one’s sense of presence in a virtual environment. The focus of this dissertation is on top-down processing based on visually personalized body cues.
Congratulations to Sungchul for completing your Ph.D.
Sungchul will graduate from the University of Central Florida on May 3rd, 2018.
We are pleased to let you know that Dr. Gregory Welch was selected by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) to receive the 2018 IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award.
The brief award citation is:
“Gregory F. Welch in recognition for his contributions to human motion tracking and to mixed reality applications in medicine and training.”
This award was presented to Dr. Welch on March 21, 2018 during the recent 25th IEEE Virtual Reality Conference in Reutlingen, Germany. See http://ieeevr.org/2018/awards/awardees.html
A more extensive award announcement and full citation will be included in an upcoming special VR 2018 issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG).
Salam Daher was selected as a finalist for the NCWIT Collegiate Award. They had 147 total applicants from 91 two and four year institutions. They picked 60 in the 1st round in December, and then from those 60 they picked 18 finalists (6 winners and 12 honorable mentions) for the finalist round. Salam is one of those 18. The names of the 6 winners and the 12 honorable mentions will be announced at a later date. The awards ceremony will be held in Grapevine TX in May.
The Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship aims to increase dissertation completion among doctoral students. This award is intended for students in their final semester of graduate education who have a realistic expectation of degree completion in the Spring semester. The award will allow students to forgo their non-research related employment obligations to concentrate on completing their dissertation.
Each college nominates students based on their demonstrated ability to complete high quality dissertation research and the assurance that the awarding of the fellowship will allow the student(s) to complete their dissertation and graduate at the end of the term.
Congratulations to Sungchul Jung!