Virtual Reality Facility

A wonderful team of skilled engineers to make your projects come to (virtual) reality

MISSION

Virtual Reality (VR) technologies give to researchers the opportunity to conduct experiments in life-like virtual scenarios, in a safe, controlled, measurable and repeatable way. Additionally, VR can be used simultaneously with other equipment from the Human Neuroscience Platform (such as EEG and fMRI).

The VR Facility team makes knowledge and expertise in the VR field accessible to all users at Campus Biotech and beyond. The VR facility provides support for the development of 3D (mainly focus on VR) content and scenarios, in collaboration with the users (mainly from academia research). A continuously growing library of developed software and technical set-ups is available, allowing faster developments of new experiments as well as on-need demos.

Co-development with research laboratories is also possible for promising and innovative projects which developments could benefit to the entire community.

MEET THE TEAM

Scientific supervision of the VR facility is performed by Prof. Daphné Bavelier (UNIGE), Prof. Olaf Blanke (EPFL) and Prof. Silvestro Micera (EPFL).

Margaux Dubessy, Valentin Bourdon, and Antoine Provost (VR engineers) are responsible for the facility.

<a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/people/margaux-dubessy/">Margaux Dubessy</a><a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/home/virtual-reality/"></a>

Margaux Dubessy

Virtual Reality Engineer

<a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/people/valentin-bourdon/">Valentin Bourdon</a><a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/home/virtual-reality/"></a>

Valentin Bourdon

Virtual Reality Engineer

<a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/people/antoine-provost/">Antoine Provost</a><a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/home/virtual-reality/"></a>

Antoine Provost

Virtual Reality Engineer

<a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/people/mael-lacour/">Mael Lacour</a><a href="https://hnp.fcbg.ch/home/virtual-reality/"></a>

Mael Lacour

Virtual Reality Engineer

EQUIPMENT

Here is an overview of the equipment available for experiments

The "VR Studio"

This room hosts a home-made solution to perform the online and realistic representation of users using an array of depth cameras (10 Microsoft Kinect v2 cameras, each one associated to a compact NUC PC, streaming data to a powerful master computer). This setup was implemented in collaboration with EPFL, LNCO.

The "VR Booth"

This small room equipped with a consumer Head-Mounted Display is used for simple VR experiments in seated or standing position;

The "VR Room".

This room is equipped with a camera-based motion capture system (12 Optitrack Prime 13 cameras), a 3D projection system (2 calibrated WQHD projectors), a surround sound system, several consumers head-mounted displays, and computers equipped with high-end components;

The "VR-Mocap-MRI" set-up

This set-up installed in the HNP MRI Facility includes a MRI-compatible motion capture system (6 Qualisys Oqus cameras tight to the ceiling of the MRI room) and a MRI-compatible Virtual Reality display system (Nordic NeuroLab VSHD). This setup was implemented in collaboration with EPFL, LNCO.

SOME NUMBERS

CURRENT PROJECTS

ENDED PROJECTS

PUBLICATIONS

PROJECTS

A few examples of various projects performed at the Human Neuroscience Platform

CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSAL (intership)

The Fondation Campus Biotech Geneva (FCBG) is currently looking for research projects on which 1-2 MSc intern positions will be opened in 2022 in its Virtual Reality and Robotics (VR & Robotics) Facility of the Human Neuroscience Platform (HNP). The goal is to provide opportunities to develop new functionalities for the Facility, in close collaboration with actual research projects.

Researchers who have a project requiring VR, Robotics developments or 3D simulation that may be of interest for the larger community are encouraged to apply.

Proposals will be analysed and selected by the VR Facility team and the VR Faculty Advisors Profs D. Bavelier, O. Blanke and S. Micera.

The interns selection will be done later this year. The interns will be hired fully by the VR & Robotics Facility engineering team of the HNP, while working under the scientific supervision of the PI promoting the research project and the manager or the engineers of the facility.

Please send your application for research projects before October 10st 2021. You need to fill this form FCBG.HNP.VRFacility_Internship.Positions_2022, and send it to  vr@fcbg.ch.

CONTACT

 

 Please contact us for specific inquiries, project applications or additional information on the facility.

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