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Perception and Awareness in collaborative Virtual Environments

Published: 15 September 2021

What it means to benefit from technological capabilities that offer a unique opportunity to countervail cognitively demanding tasks is investigated in a current PhD project. The objectives are to describe and model the psychological mechanisms targeted by the human cognitive system.

"The research inscribes the behavior of a human-machine system in a complex environment. In this context VR technology is introduced to facilitate the exchange of information and responses to actions," says Angelo Compierchio, PhD Student in Operation and Maintenance at Luleå University of Technology.

Newly inspired technological solutions are continuously shaping our world without addressing the operational constraints in which technology is deployed. This perspective is more precisely expressed as “Coping with Complexity”. This baseline has been explored with a Joint Cognitive System approach and integrated in a modified cyclical model with different modes to measure the level of immersion required to adjust its performance to match the current conditions.

Once the JCS boundaries have been defined a Virtual Agent is created enabling virtual layers of protection which could significantly close the complexity gap and maximize human performance by matching operating conditions. This capability further extended for the VR-member spatial cognition is not upheld by the brain cortex but extends directly out of the brain periphery through Cognitive Integration to the VR representational artifact.

The introduction of VR technology allows through immersion, presence, navigation and interaction to function as an assistive system providing the right information at the right time with further support to individual’s cognitive processes.

In situations employing real-time systems demanding fast decisions, time is critical and VR contribution could prove advantageous for on-time decisions.

Angelo Compierchio

Angelo Compierchio

Angelo Compierchio, PhD Student

Phone: +46 (0)920 492166
Organisation: Operation and Maintenance, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering