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Design and Implementation of GIS Virtual Learning Environments for Interactive Visualization Using Desktop Virtual Reality (VR) & iSpace

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Online, Hybrid, and other Virtual Learning Environments

Tagged Division

Computers in Education

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

19

DOI

10.18260/p.26676

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https://peer.asee.org/26676

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318

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Magesh Chandramouli Purdue University, Calumet (College of Technology) Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3500-0946

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Magesh Chandramouli is an Asst. Professor in Computer Graphics Techology at Purdue University, Calumet. Earlier, he was a Frederick Andrews Fellow at Purdue University, West Lafayette, where he completed his doctoral studies. He received Master of Science degree from the University of Calgary, MEng from the National University of Singapore, and BE degree from the College of Engineering, Guindy, India.

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Tsu-Chiang Lei P.E. Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Information, Feng Chia University

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Tsu-Chiang Lei received the B.A. degrees from the department of Hydrology Engineering Department at Feng Chia University and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Bioenvironmental System Engineering (Before name: Agricultural Engineering), National Taiwan University. Respectively, majoring subsets in regionalization variable theory (Kriging) for environmental and remote sensing technique for land use change detection problem.
He served first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a Research Assistant Professor in GIS Research Center, Feng Chia University, in 2001 to 2003. After that, he has worked as an Assistant Professor in Graduate Institute of Environmental and Spatial Information Science and Technology, Feng Chia University, in 2002 to 2006. He has an Assistant Professor and associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Information, Feng Chia University, from 2006 to 2014. Recently, he is currently a Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Information, Feng Chia University.
His primary research interests in scale, change effect in remote sensing data, image classification, knowledge base classifier, nonlinear classifier, feature extraction for image classification processes, spatial data estimate theory, image, texture quantization algorithm for statistic and variogram method, land use changes detection problem and satellite image segmentation algorithm for object oriented design. He is also interested in drift wood in landslide region, water conservation for debris flow, and natural risk analysis and fragility curve for urban building in arid environments.
Dr. Lei is a member of Chinese Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and Chinese Society of Agriculture Engineering.

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Tien-Yin Chou GIS Research Center, Feng Chia University, Taiwan

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Prof. Chou had his doctorate degree from Department of Resources Development at Michigan State University in 1990. He has been the Director of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Research Center at Feng Chia University (FCU) for 20 years, and honored as Distinguished Professor at Dept. of Urban Planning and Spatial Information and Dept. of Land Management. With his profession and enthusiasm, Prof. Chou has performed an outstanding achievement with his 150 full time staff members at GIS Research Center to bring the GIS.FCU as one of the leading role in the GIS-related academic and industry fields domestically and globally. GIS.FCU has implemented a wide range of researches and projects, from data infrastructure, security and monitoring, resources management, UAV, fleet management, big data, smart city, cloud computing to even mobile facilities application product. Prof. Chou also supervises graduate students and teaches courses pertaining to GIS science, land management, and resources management at FCU.

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Yi-Min Huang GIS Reserach Center, Feng Chia University

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Dr. Yi-Min Huang is a Research Associate Professor of GIS Research Center in Feng Chia University, Taiwan. He has been working on researches and projects about natural disaster monitoring systems, especially using GIS technology in spatial data analysis and statistics. He also has a major role in developing the national debris flow monitoring network in Taiwan.

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Srinivasa Raju Kolanuvada Anna University

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Srinivasa Raju Kolanuvada works as Associate Professor in Institute of Remote Sensing, Anna University, Chennai. He has teaching experience of more than 20 years in the field of Geomatics. He has co-authored Indian edition of book on introduction to GIS and contributed to research projects on use of Geomatics for urban planning and disaster management.

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Abstract

In this research, the authors present GIS instructional materials via a low-cost desktop Virtual Reality (dVR) framework and a high-fidelity, immersive CAVE-based technology named iSpace. While the affordable desktop Virtual-Reality framework lacks the high fidelity and immersion of CAVE (Computer Assisted Virtual Environment), it can be accessorized with additional devices (enhanced dVR) to enhance functionalities such as immersion, navigation, and presence. On the other hand, while CAVE systems can offer good immersion, navigation, and fidelity, they are expensive and space-consuming. In this paper, the authors have designed virtual environments for GIS instruction and implemented them using two modes: desktop VR framework and a CAVE-based framework (iSpace). The authors use different modes of VR to serve as a medium GIS instruction and to facilitate delivering interactive learning materials for GIS. The proposed framework helps realize the ultimate goal of nurturing GIS/Geo-Informatics students with advanced geospatial skills while contributing to enhanced critical thinking and problem solving skills due to the interactive delivery of modules. The ‘interactive’ nature of the framework allows the transition from conventional methods that are passive and uni-directional to active learning through involvement driven by the event-response mechanism. As a result, GIS academic programs can give advanced state-of-the-art training to their students, thereby increasing their graduation rates, employability, and overall career success. This paper delineates some of the common examples employed in geospatial education and elaborates with visualizations how the proposed framework can be used for the generation of static and dynamic virtual environments. Finally, the results are discussed from the points of view of the desktop virtual reality mode as well as the iSpace mode. Keywords—Technology-based learning environment, desktop virtual reality, GIS, CAVE

Chandramouli, M., & Lei, T., & Chou, T., & Huang, Y., & Kolanuvada, S. R. (2016, June), Design and Implementation of GIS Virtual Learning Environments for Interactive Visualization Using Desktop Virtual Reality (VR) & iSpace Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26676

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