Human-Computer Interaction

Florian Kern, M.Sc.

Research Assistant

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Florian Kern, M.Sc.
Human-Computer Interaction
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
D-97074 Würzburg

✆	+49 (0) 931 31 89223
⌂	Room 1.013, Building M1, Hubland South

About me

Florian Kern is a PhD candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Group led by Prof. Dr. Marc Erich Latoschik. He finished his M.Sc. in Computer Science with the focus on Human-Computer Interaction in May 2018. The master thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Marc Erich Latoschik and Dominik Gall. The topic of the thesis is “Using Virtual Reality And Gamification Within Procedural Generated Environments To Increase Motivation During Gait Rehabilitation”. The application called Homecoming should motivate patients with multiple sclerosis and stroke during their rehabilitation training in a hospital. The master thesis was created in cooperation with a doctoral thesis written at the chair of psychology reviewed by Prof. Dr. Paul Pauli.

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In the context of his master project, supervised by Prof. Dr. Jean-Luc Lugrin, he developed the Holopark, an interactive virtual reality dinosaur museum. The project integrates the Holodeck of Fraunhofer IIS in Nuremberg (Nürnberg). The Holodeck is a large tracking system with a size of 30m x 20m. By using this tracking solution, the Holopark offers the visitors six virtual zones in total (3 Inside, 3 Outside) with a total space of 7000 m2.

During his studies, he worked as a student assistant for the Media Informatics Group for Dr. Matthew McGinity. Within his student job, he developed a calibration system for furniture inside the RealityLab. The software component uses the Kabsch algorithm to determine the position of real objects accordingly to the equal virtual representation.

He received a B.Sc. in Information Systems & Management in 2015 from the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm with a thesis written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari entitled “Fahrzeugflottensimulation als Dienst - Fleet as a Service” in cooperation with the Elektrobit Automotive GmbH, Tennenlohe. The target of the thesis was to develop a system which generates and processes road traffic by using the traffic simulator SUMO and OpenStreetMap.



Projects

ViLeArn
The ViLeArn project develops and researches situated virtual learning environments based on presence and social interaction.
Homecoming
An Immersive and Gamified Virtual Reality Rehabilitation System to Increase Motivation During Gait Rehabilitation
Holopark - Large Scale VR Museum
Investation of the oportunities of large scale VR systems with high numbers of users.

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