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Computational Steering of Interactive and Distributed Virtual Reality Applications

[+] Author Affiliations
Stefan Lietsch, Henning Zabel, Jan Berssenbruegge

University of Paderborn, Paderborn, NRW, Germany

Paper No. DETC2007-34550, pp. 1023-1032; 10 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 27th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4803-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


In this paper we present a system that transfers the well-known computational steering paradigm to interactive and distributed Virtual Reality applications. Those are often used in areas like rapid prototyping and all kinds of vehicle simulation. The distribution has many different purposes and affects various subsystems of a VR application. Most of the currently existing systems are very specialized and have a proprietary design for data-exchange and coupling of the components. We propose a more flexible approach by designing a computational steering framework that is well-adapted to the needs of highly interactive and distributed VR systems. Thereby we achieve higher reusability and scalability for the steering component itself as well as the possibility to exchange and compare subsystems. As a proof-of-concept we adapted an existing driving simulator to the proposed computational steering framework and discuss the advantages and difficulties in the second part of the paper.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Virtual reality



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