It’s a wrap! The very first course “Virtual and Augmented Reality for Good” (VAR4Good) at UvA has finished. Nine projects have been submitted by the 44 students that have joined this course.
Below are the videos made by each group to give you an impression on what they built. If you have an Oculus Quest (1 or 2) and don’t mind sideloading you can even download an installation package and try the applications yourself! Click on the title below the video to download.
In January 2021, the elective course “Virtual and Augmented Reality for Good” (VAR4Good) is taught at University of Amsterdam for the very first time. Because of the COVID-19 lockdown in the Netherlands, most of the course content has been changed into online material, but we have been granted permission by the faculty to give students access to VR headsets in the Visualisation Lab at Science Park. In the lab, students get access to five out of a total of ten Oculus Quest headsets (version 1) that we have on loan from our colleagues from Free University Amsterdam.
We have implemented multiple layers of protection to minimise the risk of infection from the shared use of headsets:
Twice a week, students meet in the Visualisation Lab for two hours in groups of no more than five to ensure a minimum working distance of 1.5m.
Each student is given a personal silicon face mask to limit contact between the face and the headset.
Between groups, headsets and controllers are cleaned using disinfectant wipes and exposure to UVC light using a CX1 from Cleanbox technologies.
The VAR4Good course is modeled after similar courses previously taught by universities elsewhere. The objective for students in their project is to develop an interactive VR application on a subject with a societal relevance.
VAR4Good students get introduced to VR for the first time.
At this year’s VRDays Europe, Robert Belleman joined Amir Sadeghi of ErasmusMC and Jaap Bonjer of the Amsterdam Skill Centre to talk with chair and conference organizer Benjamin de Wit on the state-of-the-art of VR in research.
The Visualisation Lab demonstrated a virtual walkthrough through LAB42 at the official go-ahead for its construction on Friday October 9th. LAB42 will be the future home of the Informatics Institute (IvI) and Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC).
On August 26th, 2020, Master Information Studies (Data Science track) student Bonaventura Pacileo successfully defended his thesis titled “Quantifying user physical activity in a virtual environment: the case of SyncVR Medical”. This work was done in collaboration with Dutch company SyncVR Medical.