Delayed Avatar Movements - Latency and Body Awareness in VR
Mind-body therapies draw upon body awareness to boost well-being, and VR has recently found its way into these therapy approaches. An inherent limitation of VR is latency, which can cause a delay between a user’s physical movements and the corresponding movements in the VR environment. Our study thus investigates whether such latency has an impact on body awareness and the sense of embodiment.
Who are you? The impact of a mirror on body awareness and embodiment in virtual reality
This thesis investigates whether embodiment exercises performed in front of a virtual mirror affect the embodiment illusion, body awareness, and mindfulness. Subjects embody non-photorealistic, personalized avatars and perform body awareness exercises in virtual rality either with or without a mirror.
Exploratory study on the design and evaluation of mindful-appearing avatars
This bachelor thesis explores how the appearance of an avatar developed for a virtual mindfulness exercise should look like. In addition, a set of attributes in relation to mindfulness is evaluated in order to find attributes that contribute to a mindful first impression.
Virtual Flight Education: Realistic Pilot Training in Virtual Reality in Cooperation with AIRBUS
Paul Günther, Duy Tran
Critical training situations induce stress, and pilots must learn to cope with it. The Bachelor theses investigate if virtual stress simulation has similar effects to stress induction in a physical training setting. Could the Virtual Twin induce sufficient stress to train critical incidences?
Exploring the Possibility to Replace Real Flight Simulators with a Virtual Reality Variant in Cooperation with AIRBUS
Jan-Philipp Friese, Moritz Strauss
The theses compare expensive physical flight simulators to their cheaper Virtual Reality Twin concerning flight performance, attention guiding, situational awareness, and immersion. Could the Virtual Reality alternative replace or reform the way we train pilots in the future?
New AR-Entertainment in Autonomous Vehicles - Guiding Spatial Attention to Reduce Motion Sickness
This thesis implements an AR-Action Game for drivers of autonomous vehicles and evaluates the potential of spatial attentional guidance by NPCs to reduce motion sickness.
Creative Problem-Solving in the Presence of Voice Assistants
Wouldn't you like to be able to ask for guidance when facing a complex problem or when the solution is not obvious? Powerful AI and a voice-based natural language interface could one day make this a reality. This thesis investigates if the presence of a smart speaker causes an observer effect (i.e. social facilitation | inhibition effect) and if such an effect extends to creative problem-solving.
Mood Regulation Chatbot
The bachelor thesis evaluates different coping and mood regulation strategies presented by a conversational agent (built with BOTfriends X). It investigates the impact of the agent's characteristics and personality traits on change behavior while giving the users advice on coping with the challenging times of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.
Non-Expert’s Mental Models about Smart Speakers and How to Address their Shortcomings
Recent research suggests that non-experts have incomplete mental models about smart speakers which can lead to privacy and security threats. Addressing their shortcomings using a competence learning program might support users in their decision-making process regarding privacy and data sovereignty.
Increasing the Perceived Credibility of 360°- Journalism
Source credibility is an important part of every journalistic report. The MAIN-Model of Sundar (2008) proposes that credibility can be enhanced by increasing different affordances like agency or interactivity. In this work interactive elements, like info-hotspots, were added to a journalistic 360° video with the goal to create a more credible contribution.
Trust in Speech Assistants
Special trust in such systems is required for the retrieval of personal data such as illnesses by voice assistants. In cooperation with the startup vuemondo, the project aims to find out how language assistants need to be designed to inspire this trust.
Social Interaction with Robots
In this thesis, the social interaction with robots in an industrial context is investigated under consideration of the media equation, whereby the influence and the emergence of "social presence" are particularly relevant. The impact of social interaction on employee productivity and work climate is also considered.