World16 VR Research Group


World16 is a global working group of professors engaged in research using virtual reality technology. Knowledge and data is shared using Forum8 software UC-win/Road as a common visualization platform.

Forum8 AZ manages research teams and coordinates two annual meetings in-person: a summer workshop in which VR projects are outlined and new technologies are shared, and a fall symposium in Tokyo at which the research results are presented.


Forum8 AZ maintains a tutorial blog at which new techniques for creating data in UC-win/Road are shared to researchers and the public: Visit the blog HERE.

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Research Group:
Dr. Yoshihiro Kobayashi
Prof. Yoshihiro Kobayashi
Arizona State University, USA
World16 Founder/Director

Prof. Kostas Terzidis
Prof. Kostas Terzidis
Harvard University, USA

Prof. Marcos Novak
Prof. Marcos Novak
UC Santa Barbara, USA

Prof. Taro Narahara
Prof. Taro Narahara
New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Thomas Tucker
Prof. Thomas Tucker
Winston-Salem State University, USA

Prof. Matthew Swarts
Prof. Matthew Swarts
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Prof. Ruth Ron
Prof. Ruth Ron
University of Florida, USA

Prof. Ron Hawker
Prof. Ron Hawker
Zayed University, Dubai

Prof. Wael Abdelhameed
Prof. Wael Abdelhameed
University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Prof. Tomohiro Fukuda
Prof. Tomohiro Fukuda
Osaka University, Japan

Prof. Paolo Fiamma
Prof. Paolo Fiamma
University of Pisa, Italy

Prof. Marc Aurel Schnabel
Prof. Marc Aurel Schnabel
University of Hong Kong, China

Prof. Inge Qu
Inge Qu, Ph. D
University of Hong Kong, China

Not Pictured:
Prof. Michael Jemtrud, McGill University, Canada
Prof. Nik Luka, McGill University, Canada
Prof. Amar Bennadji, Robert Gordon University, UK

Project Management:
Christopher Grasso, MSD
Chris Grasso, MSD
Forum8AZ, VR Design

Mike McDearmon, MSD
Mike McDearmon, MSD
Forum8AZ, VR Design

Research Timeline:
2007 Nov.       1st VR International Symposium
2008 Aug.       1st VR Summer Workshop at ASU
2008 Nov.       2nd VR International Symposium
2009 May       World16 Invited Lectures
2009 July       2nd VR Summer Workshop in Hakone
2009 Nov.       3rd VR International Symposium
2010 July       3rd VR Summer Workshop at UCSB
2010 Nov.       4th VR International Symposium
2011 July       4th VR Summer Workshop in Pisa
2011 Nov.       5th VR International Symposium

W16 at PURL
2008 VR Summer Workshop, Arizona State University

VR Symposium 2009
November 2009 VR Symposium, Tokyo Japan

2010 VR Workshop
2010 VR Summer Workshop, UCSB

Symposium 2010
Nov. 2010 VR Symposium, Tokyo Japan

Summer Workshop seminar in Pisa, Italy
July 2011 VR Summer Workshop, Universita di Pisa

VR Lucca Presentation
July 2011 VR Summer Workshop, Universita di Pisa

World16 in Italy
2011 VR Summer Workshop group photo in Venice


World16 Research:
World16 members explore a wide range of research fields and share results using the virtual reality platform UC-win/Road.

UC-win/Road was used in this research by Prof. Amar Bennadji of Robert Gordon University to visualize an urban design proposal to the University campus and surrounding traffic congestion issues.

This project, headed by Prof. Taro Narahara of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, focuses on real-time synchronization of a physical interactive interface and UC-win/Road 3D simulation software.

This World16 project, headed by Prof. Matthew Swarts of Georgia Tech and Prof. Ruth Ron of University of Florida, was developed in order to visualize the extent of highway noise pollution in downtown Orlando, Florida. The simulation shows what areas are most seriously affected and would benefit from the placement of sound reflective barriers, trees, or other intervention.

This project by Wael Abdelhameed at the University of Bahrain uses UC-win/Road’s Micro Simulation Player to visualize two different construction plans for the same building site.

Use of this tool allows project management and construction stake holders to explore various construction scheduling issues and design plans in a fully interactive 3D environment.

This project, developed by Prof. Taro Narahara at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, involves the creation of a tool that simulates pedestrian movements in real-time.

This software was then connected to the 3D Virtual Reality software UC-win/Road so that pedestrian movements could be represented by 3D character models in an urban environment.

Tomohiro Fukuda, Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University, heads this research which is based on optimizing 3DLS (3D Laser Scanner) data for VR environments.