Forum8′s World16 project is a global research group working to develop innovative virtual reality technologies in architecture, civil engineering, driving simulation, urban design, construction, and a variety of other fields. Researchers are based at universities around the world and use Forum8′s virtual reality software UC-win/Road as a common platform to share and present their research.
This year, the research group held its VR summer workshop at the Università di Pisa, home of host professor and World16 member Paolo Fiamma. Professor Fiamma teaches in the department of Civil Engineering and organized this year’s VR workshop.
This year’s workshop included presentations on real-time 3D graphics technology by guest speakers Simon Mabey from ARUP in Manchester, UK, and professor Fumio Seki from Nihon University, Japan.
Simon Mabey presents VR and 3D modeling technologies used by ARUP.
Other sessions included presentations by each research team representative, new product demonstrations, and a collaborative workshop for all current projects.
2011 RESEARCH PROJECTS
The on-going research listed below and featured at last week’s workshop will be presented at the upcoming International VR Symposium this November in Tokyo, Japan:
Implementing “Traffic Derivation Protocol” to UC/win/Road to Avoid Traffic Jams While Visualizing VR Models.Prof. Amar Bennadji, Robert Gordon University
Two “Cloud” Technologies: Point Cloud Optimization and VR Cloud Application for Townscape DesignProf. Tomohiro Fukuda, Osaka University
eParkingSimProf. Kostas Terzidis, Harvard University
Digital Manga in UC-win/RoadProf. Marc Aurel Schnabel and Dr. Inge Yingge Qu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Media Field NavigationProf. Marcos Novak, University of California SB
Shader Graphs for UC-win/RoadMatthew Swarts, Georgia Institute of Technology
Multiple Stakeholders in the Shadows of the DatascapeProf. Michael Jemtrud, Jason Crow, and Andrew Chung, McGill University
Visualizing Wadi MadaiqProf. Ron Hawker, Zayed University
From Acoustic Simulation to Form Generation ::
a Case Study in Noise Simulation and VisualizationProf. Ruth Ron, University of Florida
Extreme Interaction with UC-win/Road using a Lightweight Character Representation MethodProf. Taro Narahara, New Jersey Institute of Technology
VR in Construction MonitoringProf. Wael Abdelhameed, University of Bahrain
Character DevelopmentProf. Thomas Tucker, Winston-Salem State University
CityDesign Tool for Japanese CastleProf. Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Arizona State University
SIM Lucca – VR for Italian CitiesProf. Paolo Fiamma and Pierluigi D’Acunto, University of Pisa