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Virtual Reality: Surrounded by Science - VR Competition

This guide give you information on Virtual Reality services provided by the Radcliffe Science Library, along with links to helpful Virtual Reality viewing and capturing resources and tips.

Who competed?

Any member of Oxford University at any level – undergraduate, postgraduate, researcher, staff or academic.

Competition Aim

Create an innovative, short 360° virtual reality (VR) video or interactive virtual reality demonstration in one of the following categories –

  1. Use VR to explain a key scientific idea, technique or principle which you have studied
  2. Use VR to explain the results of your research or one of your experiments
  3. Shows how VR could be used to teach a scientific concept to University students

You will be lent a 360° camera and VR headset from the Radcliffe Science Library in order to create your project.

Winning Entry

What links the duck pond at university parks with the orchestra pit at the Sheldonian?
Using 360 video and some computer animation we take a VR tour around oxford to investigate and explain waves and interference.
Created by Ramy Aboushelbaya & Mahmoud Ghanem

Runner Ups

Using virtual reality to demonstrate a new technique used in the screening of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)
Created by Jonathan Brett, Colm Andrews, CK Patel, Caroline Justice - Eye Research Group Oxford

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a disease that occurs in premature babies. It causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina, the layer of nerve tissue in the eye that enables us to see. This growth can cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye, leading to blindness. The protocol for assessing the severity of ROP requires an ophthalmologist to examine the fundus and it requires a highly skilled doctor to get a clear view of the retina as the babies are not always compliant. As the management of the treatment depends on the assessment getting a clear view of the back of the eye is critical. One of the consultants at the Oxford Eye Hospital (Mr CK Patel) is lead for a study which is evaluating a technique to photograph the retina using a wide field fundus camera on premature babies for the screening of ROP. The advantage of taking a photograph over a physical examination is that the photograph can be studied for the smallest changes in the eye, something that is difficult to identify when the eye is moving in a physical examination, the progression can be monitored and the images can be used for teaching purposes.

VENu is a mobile app which allows you to see data from the MicroBooNE( experiment on your phone. View events recorded by the MicroBooNE experiment or try to catch neutrinos yourself!
VENu is built and rendered in a 3D environment and is designed to exhibit both virtual and augmented reality features. Use your personal VR viewer and immerse yourself in the MicroBooNE detector!
Available for both iOS and Android.

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