Virtual reality for conservation

Bednarz, Tomasz, Kim, June, Brown, Ross, James, Allan, Burrage, Kevin, Clifford, Sam, Davis, Jacqueline, Mengersen, Kerrie, Peterson, Erin, Psaltis, Steven, & Vercelloni, Julie (2016) Virtual reality for conservation. In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Web3D Technology, ACM, Anaheim, USA, pp. 177-178.

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Immersive environments, and particularly Virtual Reality (VR), are providing exciting new ways of seeing our world. One challenge is the effective application of this technology to solve large scale problems, and make this world a better place. Here in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), we combine visual and statistical capabilities to make that change happen. We use VR to elicit information from “virtual scientists” (VS) and hence facilitate “VR-VS science”. In late October, we sent our team of scientists to the Amazon in Peru, to capture data using various stereo cameras, 360-degree cameras, and ambisonic surround sound recorders. Having such recordings, we can now bring the forest to the international community of experts through VR interfaces, and elicit information to gain insight into scientific problems of interest, which in our case is to map the presence of jaguars throughout the Peruvian Amazon. The project effectively links together science and statistical modelling with visualization, 360-degree film, and VR. For more information please visit

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ID Code: 98029
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: virtual reality, conservation, visualization, expert elicitation, virtual scientists
DOI: 10.1145/2945292.2945319
ISBN: 9781450344289
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS)
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Deposited On: 15 Aug 2016 00:50
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2016 01:43

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