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Matthew C. Newcomb
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MS, Spring 2010

Home Dept: Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

MS Dissertation title: A multi-modal interface for road planning tasks using visioin, haptics and sound

MS Advisor(s): Chris Harding

Area of MS research: It describes a novel multi-modal system designed for planning roads, and discusses results from a user study.

Employment upon graduating:
Software Engineer
Disney
Los Angeles, CA

Current activity: Design and develop content for a MMO game designer for children and their parents.

What HCI classes were invaluable to my success?
I enjoyed the VR classes I took with Dr. Cruz when she was here. It was the first time I was able to see a
virtual environment that I had created.

Favorite graduate school memory: Getting the chance to work with the many smart and talented people at VRAC.

HCI issues that interest me: Designing and developing compelling game experiences for players.

A website recommend, and why: I've always enjoyed reading http://www.joelonsoftware.com/ He discusses wide array of software engineering topics. I also prefer http://www.gamasutra.com for their articles on game design and development.

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