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Ideas for a bachelors thesis

TheMoonriseTheMoonrise Posts: 2
NerveGear
Hello community,

I am soon to be writing my bachelors thesis and I am currently on the search for a suitable topic.
As I would count VR to one of my greatest passions and because I have already collected quite some knowledge and experience developing VR application I am planning on writing about virtual reality.

Because I am having trouble finding suitable topics I thought this might be a good place to ask.
I want the topic to be relevant today. So a VR developer might look at the results and get some value out of it for his current work. It should be rather technical than theoretical and allow for an actual implementation for study purposes.

As an example: One idea is evaluating whether realistic graphics have an advantage over stylized graphics on the means of immersiveness. Creating different environments and analyzing whether participants experience different levels of immersion.

I am really thankful for any suggesions!
Cheers

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  • Nekto2Nekto2 Posts: 269
    Nexus 6
    edited February 21
    You could try on "Why VRchat is so popular?" and "VR as a driving force of popularity among non-VR users of VRchat" (but they do like to watch what VR users do in VRchat).
    :lol:

    On immersion topic: try to make environments of a different sizes from a small room, a concert hall to an open space with big mountain. The classic example is the "Oculus Home" scene when you have a room and a big immersion on balcony.

    You could try to research on "realness effect". Get a 3D scan on someones head and place it in VR with different sizes and distances.
    Then you could take the headset off and look at real person and then on and find witch of head sizes is the most real in VR and looks same as real one. It is possible you will need to change head size for different distances so it will looks like real.

    Try to compare real-VR with other objects, but a real 3D scan of someones head will be most impressive (your professor? ;) or a popular girl? ;) ).

    Hmm.. you could try a 3D scanned cat :)  But it is hard to make it sit still.

    ps. change IPD setting and see how results with "real" head size will change.
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,044 Valuable Player
    A thesis based on VR horror games would be pretty cool I reckon, especially if you can get hold of medical equipment to keep track of vital signs whilst people are playing. Or maybe a thesis on treatment for PTSD in VR for army vets?
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  • TomCgcmfcTomCgcmfc Posts: 1,382
    Project 2501
    edited February 22
    If I was still in Uni I would do a thesis on the Social Relevance of snowdog's vannagirl movie, lol!

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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,477 Valuable Player
    Maybe also the impact of frame rate on VR nausea and immersion - maybe comparing 45 fps (no asw) vs. 45 fps asw vs. solid 90 fps among 10 or 20 subjects (the more the better statistics, non-parametric Wilcoxon should be fine when comparing the same subjects). Not sure it's been done before - outside Oculus' lab... I have a hypothesis that 45 fps (asw) would be better than 90 fps, I'd love to be wrong. 

    Levels of super sampling, perceived graphics quality and immersion may be limited to the Rift CV1 and not be of much interest when better HMDs arrive, thus maybe that's no so interesting. 


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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,044 Valuable Player
    You could always do a thesis on VR Porn. It would mean you'd need to do as much research, FOR SCIENCE, as possible :D
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  • TheMoonriseTheMoonrise Posts: 2
    NerveGear
    Hey there,
    thank you so much for your answers!

    I mixed your ideas with mine to come up with some topics I presented to my tutor who will decide what he deems worth researching on.

    snowdog said:
    A thesis based on VR horror games would be pretty cool I reckon, especially if you can get hold of medical equipment to keep track of vital signs whilst people are playing. Or maybe a thesis on treatment for PTSD in VR for army vets?
    I especially like this idea as I have been playing with a similar thought before. The difficulty here is, that I am an IT student and this topic would certainly include a lot of psychology and other medical subjects.

    At the moment I looks like I will be writing on immersion and presence in VR and how graphics might have an impact on that.
  • VaneianuVaneianu Posts: 2
    NerveGear
    I should say this is a great idea to write a bachelor thesis on VR. I wish when I was a student there was a VR stuff already :D
    I've found quite interesting work "Virtual Reality: a useful medium to reduce stress in a general public?"
    https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/671b/ea60bc48d9667ebd6de7912e5f5e01c83063.pdf
    maybe it can be useful for you too. and sure, keep in touch, that's really interesting what will it be with your thesis paper
  • macker33macker33 Posts: 4
    NerveGear
    Haptics and gaming could be good.
  • Dawas19Dawas19 Posts: 13
    NerveGear
    Development of augmented reality app as medium for learning human body with android mobile technology.
  • alangrinalangrin Posts: 21
    Brain Burst
    Same here. I'm looking for interesting topics for my essay about modern art. I found different theories about what art is. Hope with some help of essay writing services I'll finish my essay on time without plagiarism. Once these guys helped me to get the highest score in the class.
  • WaitinerWaitiner Posts: 3
    NerveGear
    The structural elements of the Bachelor’s thesis are defined by academic standards and may vary from one educational establishment to another. As it is generally accepted, the thesis must consist of the Title Page (where you indicate your name and the paper’s topic, discipline and the professor’s name, etc.), short Summary of the thesis (in most cases it is called the “Abstract”), Table of Contents (with all the paper’s parts and corresponding page numbers), Introduction, Chapters, Conclusion (the “fuselage” of your paper), Bibliography, and Appendices (if you have them). You can find many info about this in internet, for example recently I found article about good hook ideas to start your essay(you can check here) and it helped a lot!
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