Assessing the Usability of Different Virtual Reality Systems for Firefighter Training

Fabrizio Corelli, Edoardo Battegazzorre, Francesco Strada, Andrea Bottino, Gian Paolo Cimellaro

Abstract

The use of Virtual Reality (VR) based learning environments for training firefighters is becoming more and more common. The key advantages of these approaches is that they allow the development of experiential learning environments, where trainees can be involved into and interact with complex emergency scenarios, including those that cannot rely for the training on real world systems and environments due to costs or security concerns. Despite that, current VR training systems are still affected by a number of weaknesses, mainly related to usability and to the (limited) sense of presence conveyed by the virtual environment (VE), which can negatively affect the expected learning outcomes. To this end, in order to gain further insight into this problem, this work aims at assessing the usability of a firefighter training application deployed in three VR systems and exploiting serious games in the educational approach. The VR systems under analysis provide different levels of immersion and offer different approaches to manage interaction and locomotion inside the VE. Experimental results, obtained through a user study, show differences among the three systems. In particular, the devices and metaphors used to manage locomotion in VR seem to be the most critical parameters with respect to usability and learners' achievements.

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in Harvard Style

Corelli F., Battegazzorre E., Strada F., Bottino A. and Cimellaro G. (2020). Assessing the Usability of Different Virtual Reality Systems for Firefighter Training.In Proceedings of the 15th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 2: HUCAPP, ISBN 978-989-758-402-2, pages 146-153. DOI: 10.5220/0008962401460153


in Bibtex Style

@conference{hucapp20,
author={Fabrizio Corelli and Edoardo Battegazzorre and Francesco Strada and Andrea Bottino and Gian Paolo Cimellaro},
title={Assessing the Usability of Different Virtual Reality Systems for Firefighter Training},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 15th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 2: HUCAPP,},
year={2020},
pages={146-153},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0008962401460153},
isbn={978-989-758-402-2},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 15th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 2: HUCAPP,
TI - Assessing the Usability of Different Virtual Reality Systems for Firefighter Training
SN - 978-989-758-402-2
AU - Corelli F.
AU - Battegazzorre E.
AU - Strada F.
AU - Bottino A.
AU - Cimellaro G.
PY - 2020
SP - 146
EP - 153
DO - 10.5220/0008962401460153