OFFICE HOURS

Spring 2018

232 MSCS

Tuesday & Thursday
12:15 - 1:45 PM

and by appointment

latest news

Mar 28, 2018

NVIDIA has announced a GPU (card) that can do high-quality ray tracing in real time. However, be ready to break open the piggy bank, as the cost is expected to be around $60,000.

Mar 20, 2018

IBM Research has released its annual "5 in 5" list (5 technologies that will change the world drastically within the next 5 years). The usual suspects are on the list: cryptography, AI, and quantum computing. It will be interesting to look back on the list in 5 years to see how well they've done. Then again, right now we can look at the 5-in-5 list released in December 2012 to see how they did then.

Feb 23, 2018

Samsung announced the features of the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ today. It has some nice new camera features and some cute tricks (such as emojis personalized to your face). One feature that was rumored, but which is missing, is the ability to record and play 4K HDR video. I saw nothing that will make me trade in my Galaxy S8; I guess I'll wait for the Galaxy S10 or the iPhone 11.

Current research

HTC Vive AR/VR Headset
HTC AR/VR Headset

 

 

My research efforts include working toward unique and interesting applications of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to safety workers and first responders, industrial and manufacturing concerns, digital entertainment, and the quality of life for people in general.

 

 

 

 

UT 2004 Steel Halos Mod
Unreal Tournament 2004: Steel Halo Mod

 

 

In another direction, I am working to improve the believability and playing ability of NPCs (Non-Player Characters) in first-person shooter video games. With the assistance of graduate students, I am evaluating various machine learning techniques that will permit the NPCs to learn by trial-and-error or by observation.

A paper is in the works that describes the application of evolutionary algorithms to create NPCs for the Capture the Flag mode of Unreal Tournament 2004.

 

 

Interested in this research? Stop by and visit me!

 

Video Game Development Course

Star Craft
StarCraft

This semester, I again am teaching the video game development course, CS 4173. This course is offered via distance learning so that OSU-Tulsa students will be able to participate from there rather than being required to travel to the OSU-Stillwater campus.

In the course, we will look at many aspects of video game development, including such topics as game engines, game mechanics, 2D vs 3D, physics of game objects, AI and video games, etc. We will use current tools, including Unity 3D, to develop 2D and 3D games.

 

Motion capture for interactive digital entertainment

Gollum
Gollum

The CS Department operates a motion capture facility in the lab I use. It is comprised of an 8-camera Vicon system attached to an Intel Xeon, Windows-based computer with AutoDesk Maya and MotionBuilder software to create 3D models and manipulate them using the data captured using the Vicon system. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to experiment with the creation of realistic character animations for video games and films. This is the same technology Peter Jackson used to bring the character Gollum to life in his Lord of the Rings films.


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