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Minicourse EDEP-BD10

Creating Virtual Reality Experiments for non-programmers and Combining with fNIRS

BIOPAC Systems

with Alex Dimov, Slav Dimov, Steven Clifford, Robert Jones

About this course

This minicourse will have two parts. During the introduction we will review virtual reality (VR) use cases for people with no coding experience. It is now possible to set up a variety of experiments within minutes, or at most hours, without any prior training or programming experience. This makes VR finally accessible for numerous researchers who just want to perform novel work in VR without having to rely on external parties for development.

In the second part we will walk you through creating an experiment step by step and show how to combine with fNIRS on an HMD in a fully integrated fashion. Researchers will learn about the complete workflow for experiment generation for VR and fNIRS, participant and hardware setup, running the experiment and analyzing data based on meaningful markers from the VR experiment.

As a hands-on component, we will run volunteers in VR (with fNIRS at the same time) so they can get first-hand experience. Multiple stations with VR and HMDs will be provided for hands-on training purposes. This will provide a unique learning opportunity for participants and make them actively engaged in learning how to employ VR for their own work. The VR stations will also operate in multi-user mode allowing participants to immerse themselves in collaborative VR.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to set up experiments using fNIRS and VR.

Course Plan

Level: Introductory

Pre-Requisites: None
Course Duration: 3 hours

Delivery Plan

75 min: review of potential use cases and what is possible when using fNIRS in combination with VR.
75 min: provide step-by-step instructions on how to set up an experiment using VR and fNIRS.
15 min: attendees immerse themselves and gain hands-on experience with the equipment
15 min: Questions and Answers

Why enrol on this course?

Upon enrolling in this course, you will learn more about FNIRS integration and synchronization including biofeedback; eye-tracking interaction and analytics; face tracking and animation; visual search paradigms; mixed reality; synchronization with physiological data; ergonomics experiments; multiple user interaction in VR; body tracking; setting up objects and environments; logging participant information; making use of video capture; configuring onscreen instructions; interacting with objects and the environment; adding questionnaires, rating scales; using csv/text files to configure experiment options without coding; logging eye tracking data, face tracking data, and other behavioral data, and; randomizing trials.