ENGINEERING HDR SEMINAR SERIES (42/2013) : Virture Interface Technology Adaptation Lab (VITAL)

Ms Ramesha Soysa, ECSE postgraduate student from School of Engineering, Monash University Sunway Campus

Date: 2013-09-11
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
Venue: Engineering Meeting Room 1, 5-4-03


Laboratory experiments are an essential part of engineering education for students to gain practical skills to prepare them for working in industries. However, many universities cannot afford the high cost of industry equipment. This results in students getting used to equipment that are less complicated than the ones in industry or that are purely simulationbased. In addition, hardware and instruments constantly need to be upgraded in universities, which require more funds. In order to address these challenges, educators have proposed Virtual Laboratories (VLabs) that provide an alternative means of conducting experiments. This research introduces a general framework termed VITAL, that integrates virtual technologies and immersive hardware in to one platform. This platform allows users to create VLab applications utilizing the virtual technology software and immersive hardware integrated to it. Due to the presence of virtual technologies as well as immersive hardware, the VLabs applications created, based on VITAL are expected to offer improved technical capabilities and student learning compared to existing VLab applications. In addition, this research looks in to verifying the above concept by creating applications for engineering. These applications are evaluated to determine whether VITAL based VLab applications offer improved technical and educational capabilities compared to existing VLab applications.

About the Speaker

Ramesha Soysa graduated with a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (with Honours) from Monash University Malaysia in 2010. She is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University under the supervision of Dr. Rajendran Parthiban, Dr. Darwin Gowanda and Dr. Arosha Senanayake. Her research primarily focuses on introducing a framework referred to as VITAL, which integrates Virtual Instrumentation (VI), Virtual Reality (VR), and immersive hardware, implementing example experiments based on this framework, and evaluating their effect on student learning experience. This seminar is arranged to fulfill the MIGR’s requirements for Mid Candidature Review.