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The Potential of VR for UK Higher Education


The following entry for the University of Hull was inadvertently omitted from the published copy of the VR Survey report for 1995/6. We sincerely apologise to Dr Avis and his colleagues for this oversight.
Name of group:
University of Hull Virtual Environment Research Centre (VERC)
Contact name:
Dr N.J. Avis
Dept of Computer Science, University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX
01482 465247
01482 466666
Type of organisation:
University research group
Number of personnel in VR group:
14 (in the CS part of the VERC)
Backgrounds of group members:
Computer Science, Computer-Based Learning, Medical Physics, Human Factors, Industrial R&D
Time actively involved in VR work:
Since 1992
Sources of funding:
We pursue funding through many avenues: EC, EPSRC, ESRC, DTI, ACME, Medical Charities, companies.
Major focus of VR work:
Medical applications -- we use this to address what we see as central, fundamental challenges for VR.
Application areas:
Medical applications, defence/military work, education and training.
Collaborations with other groups or organisations:
Several organisations -- some are quite sensitive.
VR-related hardware and software facilities used:
Mostly Silicon Graphics based and includes PowerSeries 4D/420 VGXT, 9 off Indys, several Suns, PCs. Software: dVS/dVISE, VEGA, ModelGen, WTK, VRT (on evaluation)
Desktop (spaceball, mouse) with flicker glasses and tracked probe, in-house force-feedback system currently under construction.
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