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William Eric Marsh
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PhD, Spring 2012

Home Dept: Mechanical Engineering

PhD Dissertation title: Identifying and mitigating the cognitive implications of semi-natural virtual locomotion techniques

PhD Advisor: Jim Oliver

Area of PhD research: I looked at the specific competition for cognitive resources between specific aspects of locomotion interfaces and a user's concurrent tasks. Then I designed and implemented an adaptive system to improve user performance when such competition exists.

Employment upon graduating:
academicPost Doctoral Researcher
Institut Image, Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Chalon-sur-Saône, France

Current activity: I am researching distance perception related to virtual architectural walkthroughs, with a goal of facilitating scale-one mental representations.

What HCI classes were invaluable to my success?
Advanced Cognition taught by Veronica Dark

Favorite graduate school memory: I've played with some pretty cool stuff. In terms of my grad school experience in general, I have fond memories of various endless eating events.

HCI issues that interest me: II like to study virtual reality (VR) systems from a cognitive psychology perspective. I want to understand how limitations of VR impact mental representations, affecting users' abilities to complete tasks as they would in the physical world. In particular, my focus has usually been on locomotion interfaces, and I like looking at individual differences and learning curves when users are presented with a novel interface. Out of personal interest, I also closely follow legal matters related to computer privacy and security.

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