Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VET)

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Event Description

The mission of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab is to understand the dynamics and implications of interactions among people in immersive virtual reality simulations (VR), and other forms of human digital representations in media, communication systems, and games. Researchers in the lab are most concerned with understanding the social interaction that occurs within the confines of VR, and the majority of our work is centered on using empirical, behavioral science methodologies to explore people as they interact in these digital worlds. However, oftentimes it is necessary to develop new gesture tracking systems, three-dimensional modeling techniques, or agent-behavior algorithms in order to answer these basic social questions. Consequently, we also engage in research geared towards developing new ways to produce these VR simulations.

Our research programs tend to fall under one of three larger questions:

  1. What new social issues arise from the use of immersive VR communication systems?
  2. How can VR be used as a basic research tool to study the nuances of face-to-face interaction?
  3. How can VR be applied to improve everyday life, such as legal practices, and communications systems.

The VHIL VR Lab integrates technology that can stimulate three of the human senses at once —spatialized sound, virtual touch (haptics), and three-dimensional imagery. The lab features cutting edge equipment for tracking motion, rendering graphics, and displaying visual, aural, and haptic information. Kornberg Associates Architects have collaborated with Worldviz LLC, the world’s leading virtual reality creators, and Stanford University to renovate all aspects of the lab.

The lab includes a multisensory room that allows participants to explore a 20 by 20 foot space with spatialized sound, floor shakers, and a new head-mounted display (HMD). The HMD is tethered to a ceiling mount and allows an unrestricted range of motion in the multisensory room. In addition, the spatialized sound system makes sounds “move” around the lab space and allows users to hear natural and realistic aural information without relying on headphones. Surface motion is incorporated into experiments through the installation of floor shakers. Controlled vibrations give users the sensation of movement, which will increase the compelling nature of the virtual world. At one moment, a user may feel immersed in an earthquake simulation, while the next moment the sensations may simulate crossing a suspension bridge.

A two-walled Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) is another integral part of the lab. The CAVE consists of 70-inch diagonal 3D displays, which means colors and definition will be crisper than typical projection systems. In contrast with the HMD based virtual reality, the CAVE permits less range of motion but allows users to experience virtual environments without wearing any hardware.

All of these features are controlled in a single room that has the power to simultaneously operate the activities in four separate virtual reality simulation spaces. This integrated design increases the efficiency of the experiments and allow researchers to have greater control of the different settings in these virtual worlds.

Directions: The lab is at the end of Palm Drive on Stanford Campus, in the Main Quad. The address is 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA. We are in McClatchy Hall, Building 120. As you approach the quad from the top of the oval at the end of Palm Drive, McClatchy is the first building facing front, left of center. Enter the building and take the hallway to the left, then take the elevator to the fourth floor. The entrance to the lab is through the glass doors directly outside of the elevator, room 411.

Learn at Stanford.

Current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and visiting students from around the world are invited to experience the University’s fourth academic quarter.

Current Stanford Students

Continue learning throughout the summer. Registration is easy: visit Axess on April 9, 2017 to view courses and sign up. No separate application is required.

Visiting Domestic Students (U.S.)

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to apply. Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.

Visiting International Students

Students from six continents make our summer program truly international. We encourage all interested international students to apply.

International Honors Program (IHP) Students

Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.

Summer Online Students

Introducing Stanford Summer Online – experience a Stanford education anywhere in the world.

High School Students

Stanford High School Summer College (HSSC) is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit during the summer quarter.

Summer Courses

Over 170 courses are offered in 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

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Handwriting Analysis (VET)

Event Description

What is Graphology?

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Graphology, handwriting analysis, is a study of handwriting used to interpret and understand human character and behavior via the subconscious revealing the whys that lie behind distinct personalities and human actions. By analyzing a person’s handwriting, insight into the writer’s physical, mental, and emotional state could be determined. Handwriting directly and immediately reveals the core essence of a specific personality and character including the individual’s hidden talents and potential areas of growth. In essence graphology is a valuable tool used to help understand the inner being (persona) and essence of an individual and his/her placement in the world.

Benefits

By looking at a sample of handwriting, one can gain a better understanding of how an individual organizes, approaches, and functions in the world around him/her. Thought patterns, thinking styles, and logic/reasoning skills are only some of the many topics that can be discussed through the artistic/scientific field of graphology.

People have benefited from graphology in some of the following areas in their lives:

  • Career Guidance-Vocational Consultation
  • Compatibility – Selecting Life/Business Partners, Friends, etc.
  • Personality Profiling – Self Development Awareness
  • Management/Recruitment selection/training
  • Historical Profiling

While a great deal about a person is revealed by their handwriting, it is not possible to predict the future as graphology is not “fortune telling.”

Learn at Stanford.

Current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and visiting students from around the world are invited to experience the University’s fourth academic quarter.

Current Stanford Students

Continue learning throughout the summer. Registration is easy: visit Axess on April 9, 2017 to view courses and sign up. No separate application is required.

Visiting Domestic Students (U.S.)

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to apply. Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.

Visiting International Students

Students from six continents make our summer program truly international. We encourage all interested international students to apply.

International Honors Program (IHP) Students

Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.

Summer Online Students

Introducing Stanford Summer Online – experience a Stanford education anywhere in the world.

High School Students

Stanford High School Summer College (HSSC) is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit during the summer quarter.

Summer Courses

Over 170 courses are offered in 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

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Veteran Social

A chance to casually socialize and network with other Vets in the Stanford Community.

Learn at Stanford.

Current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and visiting students from around the world are invited to experience the University’s fourth academic quarter.

Current Stanford Students

Continue learning throughout the summer. Registration is easy: visit Axess on April 9, 2017 to view courses and sign up. No separate application is required.

Visiting Domestic Students (U.S.)

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to apply. Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.

Visiting International Students

Students from six continents make our summer program truly international. We encourage all interested international students to apply.

International Honors Program (IHP) Students

Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.

Summer Online Students

Introducing Stanford Summer Online – experience a Stanford education anywhere in the world.

High School Students

Stanford High School Summer College (HSSC) is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit during the summer quarter.

Summer Courses

Over 170 courses are offered in 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

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Stanford 2 to 4 visits Google

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The 14 US Military Veterans in the Stanford 2 to 4 summer program visited the Google campus in Mountain View last week.

The Stanford 2 to 4 veteran students were welcomed with open arms on Google’s campus and treated to a day of tours, learning and career development. After a welcome and introduction to Google by some of the Googlers (staff), the students had a chance to replenish themselves with snacks from one of the many snack bars on campus and take a tour of the brand new visitors center before being treated to lunch in one of the famously revered Google employee dining facilities.

The visit was hosted by the Google Veterans Network, whose mission is to “conduct operations around the world to attract, recruit, and retain top veteran talent to Google, provide a Googler support and learning network, and help solve challenges in the veterans community with Google products.” VetNet is an internal employee resource group and volunteer community that strives to make Google a great place to work for employees who have served, as well as their families, friends and supporters. The group also supports the active duty and military veteran community outside of Google through a wide range of transition-related programs and partnerships.

After lunch, the VetNet team organized a panel of fellow Googlers to discuss the transition and journey from military life to working at Google as a veteran. Panelists included project managers, engineers and software developers, who were more than happy to share their experience, education and tips for professional development. “The VetNet discussion was excellent. I definitely learned a lot of information that will help me both when applying to 4-year colleges and writing my resume,” said Eric Graham, a Stanford 2 to 4 student.

The final, and perhaps the most important, portion of the visit was a career presentation by Jarvis Sam, a recruiter specializing in the recruitment of veterans at Google. Prior to the presentation, students submitted their resumes for review and received customized one-on-one feedback directly from Sam. His presentation also included resume tips and networking strategies.

“One of the goals of the 2 to 4 program is to develop strategies the student veterans can use during their time in school that will make them more competitive in the work place,” said Vianne Newell, program coordinator for Stanford Summer Session. “This trip really helped accomplish that by highlighting the importance of internships and offering tips to writing a resume that helps the reader not only understand the military experience, but also make it relevant to the civilian work place.”

About Stanford 2 to 4: A Veteran’s Accelerator

The 8-week Stanford Summer Session program for Veterans in 2-year institutions aims to partner with and build on a Veteran’s vast experience with a goal to provide important academic and life skills needed to thrive in a competitive 4-year university. The scholarship program covers all expenses, including tuition and fees, private bedroom accommodations in a shared suite, a 14-meal per week dining plan and a $400 book stipend.

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The Veterans are en route for the quick trip from Stanford’s Campus to the Google Campus.

 

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Three Veterans stop to reflect on Google’s creative work environment in the ball pit of the welcome center.

 

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Bikes, like this one, can be found all over campus as a primary method of transportation at Google.

 

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Panelists discuss their career and transition from the military to life at Google.

Learn at Stanford.

Current Stanford undergraduate and graduate students and visiting students from around the world are invited to experience the University’s fourth academic quarter.

Current Stanford Students

Continue learning throughout the summer. Registration is easy: visit Axess on April 9, 2017 to view courses and sign up. No separate application is required.

Visiting Domestic Students (U.S.)

Undergraduate and graduate students from around the world are invited to apply. Enjoy challenging academics, explore the Bay Area, and engage with top academics and industry leaders.

Visiting International Students

Students from six continents make our summer program truly international. We encourage all interested international students to apply.

International Honors Program (IHP) Students

Students from select universities around the world come to the Stanford campus to experience a transformative and global academic adventure.

Summer Online Students

Introducing Stanford Summer Online – experience a Stanford education anywhere in the world.

High School Students

Stanford High School Summer College (HSSC) is where exceptional students take Stanford undergraduate courses and earn college credit during the summer quarter.

Summer Courses

Over 170 courses are offered in 40 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

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