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Rudolph P. Darken's 3 most productive colleagues in number of publications:Ben Shneiderman:225Rynson W. H. Lau:38Michael Zyda:32
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Singh, Gurminder, Lau, Rynson W. H., Chrysanthou, Yiorgos and Darken, Rudolph P. (eds.) VRST 2005 - Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology November 7-9, 2005, Monterey, CA, USA.
Darken, Rudolph P. and Durost, Richard (2005): Mixed-dimension interaction in virtual environments. In: Singh, Gurminder, Lau, Rynson W. H., Chrysanthou, Yiorgos and Darken, Rudolph P. (eds.) VRST 2005 - Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology November 7-9, 2005, Monterey, CA, USA. pp. 38-45. Available online
Darken, Rudolph P., Burdea, Grigore C., Sherman, William R. and Stone, Robert J. (2004): Teaching Virtual Reality: Why and How?. In: IEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2004 VR 2004 27-31 March, 2004, Chicago, IL, USA. p. 189.
Darken, Rudolph P., Allard, Terry and Achille, Lisa B. (1999): Spatial Orientation and Wayfinding in Large-Scale Virtual Spaces II: Guest Editors' Introduction to the Special Issue. In Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 8 (6) .
Darken, Rudolph P. and Cevik, Helsin (1999): Map Usage in Virtual Environments: Orientation Issues. In: VR 1999 1999. pp. 133-140. Available online
Darken, Rudolph P., Allard, Terry and Achille, Lisa B. (1998): Spatial Orientation and Wayfinding in Large-Scale Virtual Spaces. In Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 7 (2) pp. 101-107.
Zyda, Michael and Darken, Rudolph P. (1998): The Naval Postgraduate School's Moves Curriculum. In IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 18 (3) pp. 8-11. Available online
Darken, Rudolph P., Cockayne, William R. and Carmein, David (1997): The Omni-Directional Treadmill: A Locomotion Device for Virtual Worlds. In: Robertson, George G. and Schmandt, Chris (eds.) Proceedings of the 10th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology October 14 - 17, 1997, Banff, Alberta, Canada. pp. 213-221. Available online
The Omni-Directional Treadmill (ODT) is a revolutionary device for locomotion in large-scale virtual environments. The device allows its user to walk or jog in any direction of travel. It is the third generation in a series of devices built for this purpose for the U.S. Army's Dismounted Infantry Training Program. We first describe the device in terms of its construction and operating characteristics. We then report on an analysis consisting of a series of locomotion and maneuvering tasks on the ODT. We observed user motions and system responses to those motions from the perspective of the user. Each task is described in terms of what causes certain motions to trigger unpredictable responses causing loss of balance or at least causing the user to become consciously aware of their movements. We conclude that the two primary shortcomings in the ODT are its tracking system and machine control mechanisms for centering the user on the treads.
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Scarlatos, Lori L., Darken, Rudolph P., Harada, Komei, Heeter, Carrie, Muller, Richard and Shneiderman, Ben (1997): Designing Interactive Multimedia (Panel). In: ACM Multimedia 1997 1997. pp. 215-218. Available online
Darken, Rudolph P. and Sibert, John L. (1996): Wayfinding Strategies and Behaviors in Large Virtual Worlds. In: Tauber, Michael J., Bellotti, Victoria, Jeffries, Robin, Mackinlay, Jock D. and Nielsen, Jakob (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 96 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 14-18, 1996, Vancouver, Canada. pp. 142-149. Available online
People have severe problems wayfinding in large virtual worlds. However, current implementations of virtual worlds provide little support for effective wayfinding. We assert that knowledge about human wayfinding in the physical world can be applied to construct aids for wayfinding in virtual worlds. An experiment was conducted to determine whether people use physical world wayfinding strategies in large virtual worlds. The study measures subject performance on a complex searching task in a number of virtual worlds with differing environmental cues. The results show that subjects in the treatment without any additional cues were often disoriented and had extreme difficulty completing the task. In general, subjects' wayfinding strategies and behaviors were strongly influenced by the environmental cues in ways suggested by the underlying design principles.
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Darken, Rudolph P. and Sibert, John L. (1996): Navigating Large Virtual Spaces. In International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 8 (1) pp. 49-71.
As important as navigation is to human performance in virtual worlds, it is an often overlooked problem in the design process. This article reports an experiment intended to show that real-world wayfinding and environmental design principles are effective in designing virtual worlds that support skilled wayfinding behavior. The study measures participant performance on a complex searching task in a number of virtual worlds with differing environmental cues. The worlds are augmented with either a radial grid, a map, or both a grid and a map. The control condition provided no additional navigational cues. The results showed that navigational performance was superior under both map treatments as compared to the control and grid conditions. The grid was, however, shown to provide superior directional information as compared to the other conditions. The control condition provided the worst performance, with participants often becoming disoriented and experiencing extreme difficulty completing the tasks.
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Darken, Rudolph P. and Sibert, John L. (1993): A Toolset for Navigation in Virtual Environments. In: Hudson, Scott E., Pausch, Randy, Zanden, Brad Vander and Foley, James D. (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology 1993, Atlanta, Georgia, United States. pp. 157-165. Available online
Maintaining knowledge of current position and orientation is frequently a problem for people in virtual environments. In this paper we present a toolset of techniques based on principles of navigation derived from real world analogs. We include a discussion of human and avian navigation behaviors and show how knowledge about them were used to design our tools. We also summarize an informal study we performed to determine how our tools influenced the subjects' navigation behavior. We conclude that principles extracted from real world navigation aids such as maps can be seen to apply in virtual environments.
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Hahn, James K., Gritz, Larry, Darken, Rudolph P., Geigel, Joseph and Lee, Jong Won (1993): An Integrated Virtual Environment System. In Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 2 (4) pp. 353-360.
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