Evaluating Engagement Level and Analytical Support of Interactive Visualizations in Virtual Reality Environments

Feiyu Lu, Difeng Yu, Hai Ning Liang, Wenjun Chen, Konstantinos Papangelis, Nazlena Mohamad Ali

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Abstract

Interactive visualizations are external cognitive artifacts aimed at supporting users' exploratory and sense-making activities. In recent years, there has been an explosion of commercial virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD). These VR devices are meant to offer high levels of engagement and improve users' analytical exploration of the displayed content. However, given their rapid market introduction, the possible influences and usefulness that VR could bring in terms of supporting users' exploration with interactive visualizations remain largely underexplored. We attempt to fill this gap and provide results of an empirical study of an interactive visualization tool that we have developed for a VR HMD system. This tool is aimed at facilitating exploratory and analytical reasoning activities with 3D shapes and their transformational processes. Overall, the results show that the tool is supportive of users' exploratory and analytical activities based on the significant improvement in their post-experiment test scores (when compared to their pre-experiment ones) and their engagement level measured via a user engagement questionnaire and participants' comments. The results shed a positive light on the use of visualizations in VR environments and can inform the design of these tools of domains beyond 3D transformational geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018
EditorsHolger Regenbrecht, Jens Grubert, David Chu, Joseph L. Gabbard
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages143-152
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538674598
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2019
Event17th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 16 Oct 201820 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018

Conference

Conference17th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period16/10/1820/10/18

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Virtual reality
Visualization
Display devices
Explosions
Experiments
Geometry

Keywords

  • Artificial, augmented, and virtual realities; H.5.2 [Information Interfaces and Presentation]: User Interfaces
  • H.5.1 [Information Interfaces and Presentation]: Multimedia Information Systems
  • Interaction Styles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Media Technology

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Lu, F., Yu, D., Liang, H. N., Chen, W., Papangelis, K., & Mohamad Ali, N. (2019). Evaluating Engagement Level and Analytical Support of Interactive Visualizations in Virtual Reality Environments. In H. Regenbrecht, J. Grubert, D. Chu, & J. L. Gabbard (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018 (pp. 143-152). [8613760] (Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISMAR.2018.00050

Evaluating Engagement Level and Analytical Support of Interactive Visualizations in Virtual Reality Environments. / Lu, Feiyu; Yu, Difeng; Liang, Hai Ning; Chen, Wenjun; Papangelis, Konstantinos; Mohamad Ali, Nazlena.

Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018. ed. / Holger Regenbrecht; Jens Grubert; David Chu; Joseph L. Gabbard. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019. p. 143-152 8613760 (Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Lu, F, Yu, D, Liang, HN, Chen, W, Papangelis, K & Mohamad Ali, N 2019, Evaluating Engagement Level and Analytical Support of Interactive Visualizations in Virtual Reality Environments. in H Regenbrecht, J Grubert, D Chu & JL Gabbard (eds), Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018., 8613760, Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 143-152, 17th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018, Munich, Germany, 16/10/18. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISMAR.2018.00050
Lu F, Yu D, Liang HN, Chen W, Papangelis K, Mohamad Ali N. Evaluating Engagement Level and Analytical Support of Interactive Visualizations in Virtual Reality Environments. In Regenbrecht H, Grubert J, Chu D, Gabbard JL, editors, Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2019. p. 143-152. 8613760. (Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISMAR.2018.00050
Lu, Feiyu ; Yu, Difeng ; Liang, Hai Ning ; Chen, Wenjun ; Papangelis, Konstantinos ; Mohamad Ali, Nazlena. / Evaluating Engagement Level and Analytical Support of Interactive Visualizations in Virtual Reality Environments. Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018. editor / Holger Regenbrecht ; Jens Grubert ; David Chu ; Joseph L. Gabbard. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019. pp. 143-152 (Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2018).
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