Planning, Conducting and Evaluating User Studies in the MMK Driving Simulator
Typ Bachelor, evtl. Master
Betreuer Patrick Lindemann, M.Sc.
Tel.: +49 (0)89 289-28538
Sachgebiet Automotive, Virtual Reality, Mixed/Augmented Reality
Beschreibung This topic actually encompasses different specific projects in the mixed-reality driving simulator of our institute. For a Bachelor Thesis, the student is provided with a relatively advanced implementation of a novel driver-car interface concept and a basic definition of a problem/research question that needs to be adressed (e.g. does our novel augmented reality interface support the driver in increasing his driving performance?). The student is expected to create or finalize a concept for a user study that allows answering the research question(s). In order to do his, the student should also research related work to have solid justification for decisions in the study design. Some implementations in the code may be necessary to support the conducting of the study for the examiner and the participants. The student will then conduct the user study with a sufficient number of participants and evaluate the collected data (measurements in the simulator and subjective data from questionnaires). For the evaluation, appropriate statistical tests are applied to determine whether the results are significant enough to give a definite answer to the research question(s).

Please make an appointment for a personal discussion to hear more about the specific topics of this kind that are currently open. In this area, there will generally be different topics available depending on the current occupation and progress of previous projects. Independent of the specific topic, you will be working with the Unity 3D engine. Changes or addition to the simulator code are done in the C# programming language.

We recommend to try out and get used to the Unity engine before starting a topic (there are good, quick tutorials available on the web). We also recommend good programming skills with an object-oriented language, ideally C#. For evaluating study results, we recommend basic knowledge about statistical testing. However, this is not a strict requirement as the supervisor will give support on matters regarding the planning, conducting and evaluating of the study.
Voraussetzung - Good programming skills, ideally in C# (or other OOP-languages: C++, Java, etc.)
- Helpful but not required beforehand: experience with the Unity 3D engine
- Helpful but not required beforehand: knowledge of statistical testing
- The thesis can be written in English or German
Bewerbung If you are interested in this topic, we welcome the applications via the email address above. Please set the email subject to "<Type of application> application for topic 'XYZ'", ex. "Master’s thesis application for topic 'XYZ'", while clearly specifying why are you interested in the topic in the text of the message. Also make sure to attach your most recent CV (if you have one) and grade report.