4D Visualization, Spatial Cognition, Immersion and Engagement

Immersive digital environments (including virtual and augmented reality) and related technologies have catalyzed a revolution in storytelling, scientific communication and education. Over the past couple years, our experience shows that new changes are making these technologies more accessible to the general public. With students in ALIVE!, we are creating immersive environments to study spatial memory/cognition…

Visualizing Natural Disturbances and Management Responses

The Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic in British Columbia caused unprecedented damage to the province’s pine species. We developed a geovisualization model based on forest inventory data and site conditions to deliver 3D photorealistic depictions of possible management responses. The visualizations are intended to support decision-making and give planners and the public an opportunity to see…

Visualization of Highway Designs to Test Environmental Perception

With the abundance of highway development projects in China, we partnered with researchers to investigate how highways could be designed to cater to a more scenic and/or pleasurable experience for drivers and passengers. For the project we designed 3D/4D computer animations of hypothetical scenes. This allowed us to spatially control for our dependent design variables….

Quantifying Effects of Harvest Design Patterns on Human Preference

My PhD research, undertaken with Dr. Michael Meitner, involved designing a model which would improve methods of forest harvesting and planning. Our goal was to quantify preferences for different aspects of design elements, with the shape of the design itself being a prime element. In order to more precisely understand the characteristics of shape, we…