The journey begins! I’ve already met with the three faculty members that I wish to work with and they all seem amazing. Dr Freedman is working on an intelligent tutoring system that will be teaching people C++ and making assumptions to produce proper learning conditions. After meeting with her, I met with Dr Duffin, who wants to try some work with CUDA GPU processing being applied outside of the graphics system. This would allow for heavy parallel processing work to be applied to other fields than graphics like it was before. Another professor, Dr Papka, has so many projects going on that I don’t even know where to begin. He’s working with massive data collection in Chicago, multiple topics of in virtual realities, immersion techniques for graphics and hardware, visualization of data, and a few other things that are escaping me at the moment.
I am having so much trouble picking whom to work with. All of their research fascinates me so much. However, I’ve developed a strong interest in virtual realities being applied to teaching and simulations. How cool would it be to be able to visualize how gravity on other planets would effect the same virtual ball or being able to walk around enlarged chemical structures? I’d like to work with Dr Papka the most, since his work is actually in virtual realities, and the work environment he described seemed like it would be the most fun to work in. I’ll see how this plays out in the coming weeks.