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3VIMPACTS

VISUAL FATIGUE AND VIRTUAL REALITY LEARNING RESEARCH PARTNERS

RESEARCH PARTNERS

IDEFI CreaTIC
Université Paris 8
Dr Laure Leroy

Dr Laure Leroy
Lecturer University Paris 8, Paragraphe lab

TARGET AUDIENCES

Any members of the public participating in virtual reality training

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Start date: Q2 2017

End date: Q2 2020

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PROJECT DETAILS

Manzalab and the University of Paris 8 have joined forces in the context of the 3VIMPACTS project. The goal of this project is to study the impact of visual fatigue on learning through play with virtual reality. The uses of this technology are indeed increasing. Manzalab is also contributing to their development. However, few players in the sector question the consequences of these devices for the visual system.

This is the subject of the CIFRE thesis by Alexis Souchet and co-supervised by the Paragraphe and Manzalab laboratories.

PRELIMINARY TESTING

The first experiment will take place in 2018. Having a large scale for this type of study, it will take place within the CVI of IDEFI-CreaTIC at Montparnasse tower. The volunteers will participate in a serious game for training in a job interview under multiple experimental conditions. The comparison of these different groups will allow researchers to identify parameters that influence the performance and quality of virtual reality experiences for optimal learning.

Several other experiments will be conducted during the project to make it possible to define best practices for the design of virtual reality training.

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VICTORIA

Video analysis tools for investigations

RESEARCH PARTNER

IDEMIA

TARGET AUDIENCES

Law enforcement

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Start date: Q2 2017

End date: Q2 2020

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PROJECT DETAILS

Videos collected and analyzed by law enforcement represent a critical resource for criminal investigations and terrorist acts. Recent events that occurred in London, Nice, Paris, Barcelona and Brussels have further demonstrated the importance of video recordings. At the same time, the volume of video available is constantly increasing due to the proliferation of recording and videosurveillance equipment in public and private spaces, cameras worn by police officers, smartphones, etc.

The VICTORIA project, initiated in May 2017 for a period of 3 years with the support of the European Commission, addresses this need for video analysis and aims to offer a platform compliant with ethical and regulatory constraints to speed up data processing and thus facilitate the work of the police.

STATUS

Manzalab participates in the Victoria project by creating tools and virtual environments to allow testing and training of video analysis algorithms. These tools will offer the option to easily vary the conditions of the analyzed scenes (lighting, image quality, etc.) and improve the robustness of the analyses.

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KALULU

A suite of educational and fun applications

RESEARCH PARTNERS

INSERM
Neurospin
Pr Stanislas Dehaene

Pr Stanislas Dehaene
Professeur au Collège de France

TARGET AUDIENCES

Children in all countries.

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PROJECT DETAILS

The XPRIZE Global Learning Challenge competition focuses on the most wonderful challenge: to create applications to allow kids around the world to learn to read, write and count autonomously.

As part of its participation in the XPRIZE competition, Manzalab has assembled a team of developers, graphic designers and application experts. This team is led by Cassandra Potier Watkins, a cognitive science researcher under the supervision of Prof. Dehaene. She manages the Kalulu project, a suite of educational and fun open-source applications available in English, French and Swahili.

The project has also obtained support from the Future Investment Program in the context of the LUDO project.

PRELIMINARY TESTING

- Tanzania, September 2017

- France, September 2017 

In France, Kalulu is to be tested on 1,000 students at the academies of Nice and Poitiers.

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REUs

PREPARATION OF MEETING FOLLOW-UP DOCUMENTS

RESEARCH PARTNER

Vocapia

TARGET AUDIENCES

Professionals taking part in meetings

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Start date: Q3 2016

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PROJECT DETAILS

REUs is an FUI project accredited by the competition clusters Minalogic, Cap Digital, TES and Aerospace Valley.

It is based on a reflection about the concept of work meetings, events that are well known to all of us in our daily professional lives that take up a good amount of our time. REUs aims to build tools to improve the efficiency of meetings by preparing documents downstream.

PRELIMINARY TESTING

Manzalab is interested in technologies to be developed as part of the REUs project in order to integrate them into its virtual reality applications. Whether to organize remote meetings or for training, the uses are growing, but taking notes can be a limiting factor for the implementation of these new technologies.

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NEUROSTARS

Visualizing the brain in 3D with virtual reality

RESEARCH PARTNERS

Braincarta
Eagle Science
ITZIT
ToNIC
UMC Utrecht

TARGET AUDIENCES

Surgeons, patients and students.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Project start: Q3 2016

Project end: Q2 2019

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PROJECT DETAILS

Neurostars is a collaborative project funded by the European research program EUROSTARS that brings together six entities located in France and the Netherlands.

The goal of this project is to develop a tool to facilitate the visualization of a complex structure: the human brain.

A realistic and highly detailed representation of the brain, resulting from the combination of images from various sources, will be presented in 3D and in color within an immersive and interactive virtual environment.

A unique tool for preparing interventions or exploring the brain for information or training purposes that will facilitate exchanges between healthcare teams, patients and their families.

A unique tool to prepare for interventions or explore the brain for informative or educational purposes, which will facilitate communication between medical teams and patients.

STATUS

Tool under design.

The neurosurgery teams of the Utrecht University Medical Center in the Netherlands and Purpan Hospital Center in Toulouse are involved in the project from designing the tool to validating the prototype.

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STEAM

Training teachers in multimodality

RESEARCH PARTNERS

AFBB
Coventry
SEDU
VUC

TARGET AUDIENCES

Teachers

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Project start: Q3 2016

Project end: Q2 2019

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PROJECT DETAILS

STEAM ("Serious game to Train Experts in Advanced Multimodality") is a European collaborative project stemming from the observation that European teaching staff are not sufficiently trained in the diversity of digital tools.

The goal of this project is therefore to create a serious game intended to train teachers in mastering these innovative digital tools and integrating them into their teaching approach ("multimodality").

This research program coordinated by Manzalab brings together five entities in five different countries and benefits from the support of the European ERASMUS+ program.

PRELIMINARY TESTING

An experiment will be conducted in the 2018-2019 school year in the 3 partner training centers of the project. On a voluntary basis, teachers will be able to test out the game for a few weeks.

STATUS

The consortium brings together 3 European training centers: AFBB (Germany), SEDU (Finland) and VUCSTOR (Denmark) that mobilize teams of teachers. The first phase of the project aims to question them to raise their expectations and eliminate the obstacles to multimodality. On this basis, the serious game will be designed by Manzalab and the University of Coventry. The prototype will then be tested under real-world conditions.

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ELAN pour la lecture

A new method of learning to read

RESEARCH PARTNERS

Académie Poitiers
CEA
CNRS
ENS
INSERM
Pr Stanislas Dehaene

Pr Stanislas Dehaene
Professeur au Collège de France

Dr Sid Kouider

Dr Sid Kouider
Directeur de recherche, CNRS - ENS Paris

TARGET AUDIENCES

Elementary and primary students (5 to 7 years old).

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Project start: Q4 2014

Project end: Q4 2017

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PROJECT DETAILS

ELAN pour la Lecture (Play-based Learning Environment based on Neuroscience) is a project intended to promote the learning of reading in elementary and primary schools.

This educational game was developed based on the work of Prof. Stanislas Dehaene in close collaboration with the teams of INSERM</ CEA. Dehaene's Four Pillars of Learning theory: effective learning involves attention, active engagement, feedback and repetition.

ELAN pour la lecture is above all a game of exploration: children travel through an imaginary country consisting of islands to be discovered, accompanied by their friend Savant, the Toucan. Each island offers mini-games and lessons that help to beautify the island.

ELAN pour la lecture is partly funded by the Future Investments program coordinated by Education Nationale.

PRELIMINARY TESTING

An internal satisfaction rate of 95% and a methodology acclaimed by customers.

STATUS

- April - May 2016: ergonomic testing of interfaces

- September 2016 - June 2017: deployment and testing in class with 1,000 students at the Académie de Poitiers.

- June 2017: first results

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NEUROVIRTUAL

Helicopter flying simulator

RESEARCH PARTNERS

CNRS
ENS
Dr Sid Kouider

Dr Sid Kouider
Directeur de recherche, CNRS - ENS Paris

TARGET AUDIENCES

Trainee helicopter pilots.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Project start: Q2 2014

Project end: Q2 2017

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PROJECT DETAILS

This simulator combines helicopter control and EEG (electroencephalogram) activity measurement. It's designed as an adaptive training tool capable of taking into account learners' EEG feedback in order to adapt the level of difficulty of the proposed course.

The aim of this project is to better understand learning mechanisms and in particular to identify the stage from which learners start performing flight tasks automatically.

PRELIMINARY TESTING

3 different game levels to be completed 10 times each using different parameters:

- 1st level: forward movement and lateral movement.

- 2nd level: forward movement and vertical movement.

- 3rd level: forward movement and rotation.

Parameters are changed randomly within each level: wind/vertical location of targets/horizontal location of targets/their distance relative to the previous target/their rotation relative to the previous target.

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CLASH BACK

Managing conflict situations in adolescence

RESEARCH PARTNERS

CHU Bordeaux
Pr Xavier Pommereau

Pr Xavier Pommereau
Chef de service psychiatrie, CHU de Bordeaux

TARGET AUDIENCES

Care staff, adolescents and their families.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Project start: Q1 2012

Project end: Q4 2014

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PROJECT DETAILS

The goal: to offer a mediation tool to professionals dealing with adolescents experiencing major psychological and behavioral difficulties.

To improve the verbal exchange capacities of the various players, to better manage conflict situations with these young patients.

 

CLASH BACK is a behavioral simulator of conflict between teenagers and their parents, focusing on themes of daily life.

- Situations, characters and places representing everyday life

- Missions with goals (get an outing accepted, get your school report signed, etc.)

- Management of the emotional state of the characters (anger, tension, empathy, etc.)

- A vocabulary of colors, shapes and lights that modify the virtual environment: anger reddens the scene, for example.

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OUR RESEARCH PARTNERS

Laure Leroy

PhD, Associate Professor at University Paris 8, Paragraphe Lab
Co-head of Master Parcours Création et édition numérique, University Paris 8
Associate researcher chaire UNESCO ITEN
Secretary at Association française de réalité virtuelle

As a graduate of the École Polytechnique at the Free University of Brussels in mechatronic engineering, Laure Leroy went on to specialize in virtual reality. She completed her doctoral thesis on stereoscopic interfaces in the robotics center of the École des Mines in Paris. She then did her postdoctoral work on cognitive rehabilitation in virtual reality. Since then, she has been a lecturer at the University of Paris 8, where she studies reduction of sensorimotor conflicts in virtual reality interfaces, both visual and gestural.

Stanislas Dehaene

Professor at the Collège de France,

Experimental Cognitive Psychology Chair,

Director of the Neurospin research center (CEA-INSERM)

Stanislas Dehaene is a former student of the École normale supérieure and a doctor of cognitive psychology. Since 2005, he has been a professor at the Collège de France, with the Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology, after serving as research director at INSERM for almost ten years. His research aims to explain the cerebral bases of the most fundamental operations of the human brain: reading, calculation, reasoning and awareness. His work has been awarded multiple prizes.

Michaël Stora

Clinical Psychologist

Founder of OMNSH 

Michaël Stora is a psychologist and founder/chairman of the Observatory of Digital Worlds in Human Sciences (OMNSH). He specializes in the use of videogames for therapeutic mediation in children suffering from behavioral disorders. Michaël Stora is the author of "Guérir par le virtuel" (Presses de la Renaissance, 2005), "Des avatars et des hommes" (Anne Carriere Eds) and "Télé et jeux vidéos" (Nathan, 2010).

Sid Kouider

Research Director

CNRS - ENS Paris

Sid Kouider is a researcher in cognitive neuroscience at CNRS. He completed part of his studies at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Science in Paris and at Harvard University in the United States. He currently leads a research team at the Ecole Normale Supérieure on rue d'Ulm, whose work focuses on the psychological and neurobiological foundations of perceptual consciousness. He uses behavioral and brain imaging methods and studies how conscious and unconscious processes differ in psychological and neurological terms. This approach makes it possible to grasp the functional and physiological specificity of consciousness and understand why human beings have both conscious and unconscious reactions to their environment.

Charles-Henri Besseyre des Horts

Professor Emeritus at HEC Paris and Consultant

Charles-Henri Besseyre des Horts, a holder of two doctorates, is Associate Professor in the HRM department at HEC Paris. Since late 2012, he has been director of the HEC-Webhelp research chair "Human Capital and Performance". He is involved in all of the HEC group's programs: HEC Grande École, HEC MBA, Doctorate, HEC Executive (executive programs). He is the scientific co-director of MS HEC Exed Strategic HR Management. His research focuses on the change strategies of companies and organizations, in particular in the context of the digital revolution, and the relationships between human capital and enterprise performance. He has published numerous articles and a dozen books recently including “L’entreprise mobile” (Pearson, 2008) and “RH au Quotidien” (Dunod, 2011). He is actively involved in international consulting and training activities in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Xavier Pommereau

Head of psychiatry department,

Bordeaux University Hospital Center

Xavier Pommereau, director of the Aquitaine adolescent center at the Abadie center (Bordeaux University Hospital Center) is a psychiatrist specialized in problems of adolescence. He's one of the pioneers of suicide prevention among young people in France and opened the first hospital unit specifically dedicated to young suicidal people twenty years ago. In 2000, he also created a unit specializing in the care of young people with eating disorders (TCA). As a member of the Observatory of Childhood and Adolescence of the Minister of National Education, Xavier Pommereau is also the author of several books including "Quand l’adolescent va mal" (J’ai lu, 2003), "Ados en vrille, mères en vrac" (Albin Michel, 2010) and "Nos ados.com en images" (Odile Jacob, 2011).