|About the VRAC
Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) is an interdisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of humans and technology, aimed broadly at enhancing the productivity and creativity of people. The VRAC’s world-class research infrastructure supports the research of faculty and students representing all seven of ISU’s colleges, as well as the interests of collaborators from several federal agencies and numerous industry partners.
The VRAC research community spans a wide spectrum of disciplinary experts with particular strengths in state-of-the-art interaction technologies including virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) as well as mobile computing, developmental robotics, and haptics interaction. The VRAC community is also skilled at human centered design and user experience (UX) evaluation as well as assessing the effectiveness of new interaction modalities via formal user studies.
To complement its research mission the VRAC established and now leads ISU’s interdepartmental graduate major in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). With more than 200 students currently enrolled, the HCI program is now the largest interdepartmental graduate major at ISU and offers PhD, MS and Professional Certificate degrees to resident and on-line student communities.
A friendly, efficient, service-oriented staff supports the collaborative interdisciplinary culture at VRAC. Administrative support facilitates research proposal preparation and submission, grant administration, purchasing and student appointments, while technical staff provides hardware maintenance, system integration, vendor coordination and technical assistance to the research community.
News & Events
The Department of Psychology is seeking applicants for a Lecturer to teach courses in the interdepartmental Human Computer Interaction (HCI) graduate program. This program includes topics such as user-centered design and usability, qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques, software development, social impact of technology, design (including engineering design, industrial design, user interface design), and others, esp. as related to interactions between humans and technology. … Continue reading
Due to the uncertainty regarding the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 SPIRE-EIT REU Program, originally scheduled for May 26 – August 1, 2020, has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for summer 2021. … Continue reading
Researchers at Iowa State University are using their expertise to create a system that will provide students, teachers, police officers and others with accurate, real-time information in the event of an active shooter situation in a school. Click here to learn more. … Continue reading
Something called the fast Fourier transform is running on your cell phone right now. The FFT, as it is known, is a signal-processing algorithm that you use more than you realize. Our researches, Alexander Stoytchev and Vladimir Sukhoy have the answer to a 50-year-old puzzle in signal processing. Read more here. … Continue reading