Max-Planck-Ring 14
72076 Tübingen

Phone: +49 7071 601-510
Fax: +49 7071 601-520

Most recent publication

Strickrodt M Person, Bülthoff HH Person and Meilinger T Person (September-2018) Memory for navigable space is flexible and not restricted to exclusive local or global memory units Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition Epub ahead.

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The Cyberneum

The Cyberneum is a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality (VR) research facility of the Department of Professor Bülthoff. It is equipped with several sophisticated VR systems that are providing unique opportunities to study human perception and human-machine interactions. The main areas of research in the Cyberneum relate to self-motion perception, spatial cognition, multiuser interactions, multisensory integration, and cybernetics as it relates to perception and action. In each of these areas it is important to both understanding the processes underlying human sensory/motor perception under the most natural conditions, while at the same time maintaining precise experimental control. Rapid developments in multimodal VR technologies are now providing the tools necessary to create realistic, highly controlled experimental conditions. Using such tools we are able to effectively evaluate questions driven by basic science as well as investigate applied research questions in a precise and ecologically valid manner.

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State-of-the-art Technology

In the Cyberneum we study human perception with the help of Virtual Reality (VR). Research in a Virtual Reality (VR) makes it easier for us to maintain controllable and reproducible test surroundings. Real surroundings look quite different depending on the weather or the time of day. In VR all these conditions can be kept constant for an experiment. Every experimental subject sees precisely the same space or scene. Nevertheless, these conditions can also be specifically modified, should it be important for the experiment. Sometimes even experiments are carried out, which would not be possible in the real world or only with large efforts at one single place. For this we have special hardware and experimental constructions, which have been built by our guidelines as well as the corresponding software such as program libraries and databases.
Taking into account the most recent development in the field of VR and the arising opportunities the Cyberneum was built in 2004 - 2005. The research focuses on the interaction of different senses, the impact of the spatial environment on behavior and the interaction of perception and action. 
The Cyberneum houses a variety of different research facilities, i.e., the TrackingLab and a separate hall for a motion simulator. In the TrackingLab experiments dealing with the perception of space and the navigation achievements are carried out. Experimental subjects are allowed to move around freely in virtual worlds. Virtual surroundings are projected using so-called "Helmet Mounted Displays" (HMDs).
The CyberMotion Simulator is based on a six-axes serial robot, but was modified for perception experiments and offers now far more maneuvering room than customary simulators. The motion simulator allows a more detailed investigation of the influence of our sense of equilibrium on the perception of movement.

Last updated: Tuesday, 03.04.2018