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Opening Access To Environmental Software Systems, Daryl H. Hepting, Timothy Maciag Jul 2006

Opening Access To Environmental Software Systems, Daryl H. Hepting, Timothy Maciag

International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software

As individuals are increasingly being called to act in environmentally-conscious ways, they will seek out any and all resources which might help to inform their actions. Unfortunately, a 2002 OECD report indicated that there seemed to be declining trust of environmental information sources and increasing confusion about which actions could be most beneficial. Environmental Software Systems can provide relief in this context, if the software design is user-centered. The very specialized nature of much environmental software may discourage these design practices, but this is a false economy. Instead of software that is based on technical models developed by environmental scientists ...


Opening Access To Environmental Software Systems, Daryl H. Hepting, Timothy Maciag Jul 2006

Opening Access To Environmental Software Systems, Daryl H. Hepting, Timothy Maciag

International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software

As individuals are increasingly being called to act in environmentally-conscious ways, they will seek out any and all resources which might help to inform their actions. Unfortunately, a 2002 OECD report indicated that there seemed to be declining trust of environmental information sources and increasing confusion about which actions could be most beneficial. Environmental Software Systems can provide relief in this context, if the software design is user-centered. The very specialized nature of much environmental software may discourage these design practices, but this is a false economy. Instead of software that is based on technical models developed by environmental scientists ...


Synesthetic Music Experience Communicator , Lewis Charles Hill Ii Jan 2006

Synesthetic Music Experience Communicator , Lewis Charles Hill Ii

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The Synesthetic Music Experience Communicator combines research in the areas of human computer interaction, music technology, and human perception to illustrate the experience of synesthesian mental imagery in response to musical sounds. Synesthesian musicians have reported positive benefits from their augmented awareness of sound in the areas of pitch identification, memorization, composition, and improvisation;This dissertation attempts to communicate both the experience and performance benefits associated with this cognitive phenomenon. Several virtual worlds have been developed to explore group education, rehearsal, and the artistic transformation of live performances into informative and entertaining visual presentations. Initial inspirations, background research, development stages ...


The Development Of A Virtual Reality Based Cad System For Design Review , Thomas Anthony Erlemeier Jan 2006

The Development Of A Virtual Reality Based Cad System For Design Review , Thomas Anthony Erlemeier

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Virtual reality is currently utilized to view and evaluate product designs but is not used to alter designs. The design is typically completed on desktop workstations with CAD software and then evaluated within a virtual environment. Integrating VR and CAD could potentially improve designs by allowing several engineers and managers to critique and modify designs together, enabling concurrent engineering.;This thesis discusses the development of a virtual reality based CAD system for altering designs during a design review. A list of criteria was first created to assess the system's effectiveness in a design review which formed the basis for ...


Managing Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles From A 3d Virtual Environment , Jared Scott Knutzon Jan 2006

Managing Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles From A 3d Virtual Environment , Jared Scott Knutzon

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

One hundred and three years ago the aviation age began with the Wright brothers in Kittyhawk, North Carolina. It is well known that manned aviation has made tremendous progress over the decades that followed. Less familiar are the deep history and roots of unmanned aviation, which is often thought of as a recent phenomenon. Initially, modern unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were instruments of war, and the challenge was to develop an unmanned system that could fly a preplanned route and return home. Once this level of autonomy was reached, it became clear that UAVs would have a considerable impact on ...


Communication Blades: Modular Communications For Tangible And Embedded Interfaces, Karun Kumar Kallakuri Jan 2006

Communication Blades: Modular Communications For Tangible And Embedded Interfaces, Karun Kumar Kallakuri

LSU Master's Theses

Bladed Tiles is a modular hardware toolkit for building tangible and embedded interface devices. It includes “function blades” and “interaction tiles,” which can provide a flexible, inexpensive, open-ended platform for constructing a wide variety of tangible and embedded interfaces. In this paper, we propose Communication Blades. These are a class of electronic modules with varied computational capabilities for interfacing devices built using bladed tiles toolkit and also for interfacing embedded devices as adapters with external communication networks. These blades provide flexibility by offering the ability to select between different communication technologies and connectivity by providing devices with interoperability over different ...