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Kim Weaver
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MS, Summer 2007

Home Dept: Psychology

MS Dissertation title: Design and evaluation of a perceptually adaptive rendering system for immersive virtual reality environments

MS Advisor(s): Derrick Parkhurst

Area of MS research: Changing the level of presented detail in complex 3D environments only in areas that are not visible to the user allows the application to run faster and be more interactive without reducing task performance.

Employment upon graduating:
academicPhD student
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Current activity: I'm pursuing a degree in Human Centered Computing. I'm currently thinking of specializing in learning sciences and technology. I am the project leader for research which involves teaching middle students about physics and scientific reasoning through hovercraft construction and simulation. I lead 5 M.S. students in the software development and run sessions with middle school students. I will soon start on a project to help parents of Deaf children learn sign language on their mobile phones.

What HCI classes were invaluable to my success?
The weekly readings I did for HCI 521 Cognitive Psychology of HCI class were really helpful when it came time to write the lit review section of my thesis. My project involving creating an ASL-to-speech and speech-to-ASL avatar in Alex's Computational Perception class helped me get into Georgia Tech's program. I will also be using many of my HCI classes to fulfill my minor for my degree here.

Favorite graduate school memory: It's hard to pick just one memory from ISU. The three-day Emerging Technologies Conference was definitely memorable. There were so many amazing speakers and I was able to eat dinner with Don Norman. It was also fun running usability relays and showing people the new C6. I also loved running the REU during the summer of 2006 and seeing the amazing things people could program after only 4 days of learning C++.

HCI issues that interest me: I'm interested in investigating how to design technology to aid in informal learning situations. I'm also interested in designing interfaces for children. Another issue that interests me is enabling communication between deaf and hearing people.

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