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    1. Course Schedule
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    1. Lecture Slides
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    1. Oculus Best Practices Guide
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    1. Unity
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    1. Virtual Reality, LaValle 2016
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    1. YouTube Lectures: VR Systems and Humans

VR Systems and Humans

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Dear students,
Virtual reality (VR) technology transports us to real or synthetic places that may be inaccessible, breathtaking, complex beyond our wildest imagination, or just simple and relaxing. Applications include entertainment, social interaction, virtual travel, remote training, architectural walkthroughs, cultural appreciation, and learning enhancement. Although VR has been around for decades, it always came with a high cost to enter the field because of advanced, expensive equipment and computing resources. Thanks to widespread progress in display, sensing, and computational technology, the newest VR systems are cheap, lightweight, and easy to program. This has caused a flood of excitement as almost anyone can pick up a VR headset and start developing experiences.
The purpose of this course is to provide you with a deep understanding of the fundamentals of VR. Because VR tricks our brains by presenting synthetic stimuli to our senses, it is extremely challenging to develop and analyze VR systems that are both effective and comfortable. To get a handle on these issues, this course will fuse together knowledge from a variety of relevant topics, including basics in human physiology, neuroscience, and perceptual psychology, and illustrate how they impact the development of VR hardware, software, and content.
We look forward to working with you!
The Course Staff.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will:

Course Topics


We expect students to come with a variety of backgrounds and we do not demand they have had particular background courses. It is important for you to assess whether you can handle the material. You can start by looking through the course info and the textbooks. Ask us if you are unsure.

Course Staff

Dr. Anna LaValle
MS. Elmeri Uotila
Lectures and labs schedule for the VR Systems and Humans course, Fall 2023
Lecture slides, VR Systems and Humans course, University of Oulu, 2023
Informative Guides to Help You Design, Develop, and Distribute Your VR App.
The platform for interactive, real-time, 3D content creation.
Virtual Reality, LaValle 2016 is the free online textbook we use in this course.
YouTube Channel: VR Systems and Humans, Fall 2022
University of Oulu