Discipline: Computer Sciences and Information Management
Subcategory: Computer Engineering
Frank E. Burden III - J.F. Drake State
The inspiration for this research project, which explores the concept and practicality of surrogate bodies (referred to as (a) surrogate(s) from here on out), came from the movie of James Cameron’s Avatar. This project tests the practicability and obstacles in the use of a surrogate in relation to focus and attention. In the movie Avatar, any solider receiving a surrogate to use had to go through a series of tests and monitoring to ensure complete and proper use of their surrogate. The goal of this research project attempts to identify the degree of preparation needed prior to operating a surrogate and the amount of attention needed to successfully use a surrogate free of any unintended behavior.
The key areas of interests explored in the project deal with enhancing control and use, the effect of ambient and distinct distractions, and the effect thoughts and physiological actions have on control of a surrogate. Other topics explored include preparation prior to using a surrogate, comfort in relation to how well you are able to use a surrogate, and ease of use.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): NSF, LSAMP
Faculty Advisor: Tomeka Cross,