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Virtual Reality Engineering

ABOUT THE COURSE
Virtual Reality is an emerging technology that promises to disrupt our lives unlike any other technologies in the past. In this course you will learn how to design a better VR system by understanding several engineering concepts (hardware, software, perception) that are used in the current VR systems. This is a highly interdisciplinary course involving computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, and psychology.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in any discipline of engineering.

PRE-REQUISITES

Engineering Mathematics taught in first year of  Engineering, Basic programming (no need of extensive programming experience)

INDUSTRY SUPPORT – LIST OF COMPANIES/INDUSTRY THAT WILL RECOGNIZE/VALUE THIS ONLINE COURSE

Many IT companies

COURSE INSTRUCTOR
   

Dr. M. Manivannan is a professor of Biomedical Engineering in IIT Madras, Department of Applied Mechanics. He has been working in Virtual Reality for past 15 years, specifically on Haptics. He was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) of Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston,  and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland. He was a visiting faculty in the Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore,  and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. 

COURSE LAYOUT
Week 1 : Introduction, Goals, Definitions, History, Overview of the course
Week 2 : Geometric Modeling, Transforms, Quaternions
Week 3 : Study of Perception and Sensation, Perceptual Engineering, Importance in Virtual Reality
Week 4 : Light and Optics, Human Optical System 
Week 5 : Human Visual Physiology
Week 6 : Visual Perception, Depth and Motion Perception
Week 7 : Tracking Systems. Pose tracking, technologies for pose tracking
Week 8 : Visual Rendering, Rastering, Shading,  CUDA programming
Week 9 : Auditory Sensation and Perception, Rendering Audio, 3D audio 
Week 10: Haptic Sensation and Perception, Rendering Haptics, Stereognosis, Sensation and Perception of Other Senses, Rendering other senses
Week 11: Interfaces for Virtual Reality, Locomotion, Manipulation, Social Interaction
Week 12 :Applications and Challenges in VR, Evaluation of VR systems

SUGGESTED READING
1) Virtual Reality by Steve Lavalle, online open book
2) George Mather, Foundations of Sensation and Perception: Psychology Press; 2 edition, 2009.
3) Kelly S. Hale, Kay M. Stanney, Handbook of Virtual Environments: Design, Implementation, and Applications, September 10, 2014 by CRC Press.
CERTIFICATION EXAM
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) :  Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in one session on both 28 and 29 April. 
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

CERTIFICATE

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score.
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of best 8 out of12 assignments.
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT MADRAS. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc