A LaTeX template for my dissertation

In the recent weeks I have spent a lot of time to polish the draft of my dissertation with the help of LaTeX. In this article, I would like to share the packages I used. This list of packages comes close to a template, but you must still decide which package you need.

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Paper on Virtual Audience Accepted

My second journal paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. It was about the study with virtual audience in our M3 Rowing Simulator. The reviewing process was much quicker than last time, I received only a few comments which needed correction. Compared to the reviewing process of my last publication, this was much easier.

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Ten Reasons to Typeset Scientific Texts in LaTeX

Whenever you write a report in a scientific environment, a Master thesis, a journal publication, or a dissertation, you have the choice which text editing tool to use. It comes usually down to Word vs. LaTeX. I will now argue why you should use LaTeX. Focus on content, not layout. When editing your LaTeX document with the editing program of your choice you can focus on the content. You need to provide some logical markup (this is a section, this is a reference citation), but that is easy to learn. Read more →

Journals for a publication of a rowing simulation study

I am recently searching for a journal to publish a study on audience pressure in our M³ Rowing Simulator. This is rather difficult due to the multidisciplinary approach taken. We use a simulator with virtual reality technology, conduct a sports study on psychological effects to investigate the feeling of presence in the simulator. It’s easy to get one or two of these topics combined in a journal description, but four of them are just too much. Read more →

ETH Inaugural Lecture of Marc Pollefeys

An important event in the ETH community are the inaugural lectures. Every newly appointed professor has the duty to present his field of research and his person to the ETH community. Already in the opening words it became clear why Marc Pollefeys had been chosen for an ETH professorship. Aged 36, he has published about 90 papers, received numerous prices, and is constantly invited in the editorial board of journals and program board of conferences. His career stations are quite typical, starting in Belgium with PhD and PostDoc, moving to Chapel Hill, USA as assistant and associate professor, and coming to ETH in 2007. It seems that most successful scientists at one point had to go over the Atlantic to compile the merits, which are necessary for being appointed as ETH professor.

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PRESENCE publishes Lokomat article

At last! 1.5 years after starting to write, the article Evaluation of Visual and Auditory Feedback in Virtual Obstacle Walking has been published by Presence. This is the final step, now it’s really over. I hope that my next publications will go a little bit smoother, but you never know what reviewers you get. Authors: Mathias Wellner, ­Audrey Schaufelberger,­ Joachim v. Zitzewitz, Robert Riener Title: Evaluation of Visual and Auditory Feedback in Virtual Obstacle Walking Read more →

Review on Latency

With virtual environments and realism being the central topic of my dissertation, I did a review on which latencies are acceptable for virtual environments. The goal of this review was to define requirements for our rowing scenario. I would appreciate feedback and comments on this review. Two main limitations of realism in virtual environments are a delayed response to user actions and desynchronized events. The cause for these undesired eff ects is the delay of the components and of the architecture as a whole. Read more →

Paper accepted

Finally, we got it through! I now can also reveal that the scientific journal of my choice was Presence, published by MIT Press. It was a long process, which raised my awareness of scientific language enormously. However, I am not sure whether that is a good thing. I now tend to get on other people’s nerves when they write something and ask for my opinion on that. There are so many mistakes and inconsistencies to discover. Read more →

I am going slightly mad

I resubmitted my manuscript to the journal of my choice. The review process has taken a long time, they were almost satisfied with my paper last time but still required a lot of changes to publish it. So now, it is the third or fourth time, I am resubmitting these pages. There are a lot of changes to the manuscript and I learned, what a post-hoc Tukey test was. So here we go again…

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Questionnaires on Presence and Immersive Tendencies

For our virtual rowing experiment in the M3 Lab we are currently evaluating the usage of questionnaires. And since the term presence is used by many researchers, it is very easy to find dozens of presence questionnaires. I am also a little bit sceptical on using questionnaires for the continuous assessment of presence. Hopefully our kinematic and physiological measurements are sufficient for the continuous part. Nevertheless, it might be useful to include a standard presence questionnaire to compare our data with literature. Read more →