Wayfinding by Audio Cues in Virtual Environments

2015, Ayana Burkins Regis Kopper, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Computer Science major, Ayana Burkins, hopes to evaluate the use of 3D spatial sound as a wayfinding device in virtual environments. Users navigate through mall-like mazes with various target locations, each of which may contain a localized audio cue, and perform several wayfinding tasks. We hypothesize that users will be able to perform the tasks faster and more accurately in an environment with spatial sound than in one without.