Normally we would have several groups present their work per day. Each group would spend 5 minutes giving a good discussion and demonstration of their project, and then we would have an 5 minute question and answer period where the other groups in the class can ask questions of the team the has just presented. Each group would come up with a good question to ask the group that is presenting. Each group would be limited to asking one question per day to make sure all the groups have a chance to ask questions, unless we have time remaining and no other groups have questions. A good question should be specific to the project just presented and show some thought. Generic questions like 'what would you do differently next time?' or 'what was the hardest part of the project' are NOT good questions.
That's up to
you ... congrats to all the soon to be graduates. For those
that are continuing on there are various other evl related
courses that you could take, as well as related courses in
Communications, Psychology, and Art & Design.
Next term there is:
422 - User Interface
Design and Programming
424 - Visualization and Visual Analytics
425 - Computer Graphics
426 - Videogame Design
If you are an undergraduate in the middle of your studies, and find any of these topics interesting, and don't have an internship lined up for the summer, you may want to consider becoming part of the research team on some existing projects. Most funded research from the National Science Foundation in the US encourages (funds) bringing in undergraduates, so there are opportunities to work hourly on these kinds of projects.
you are an undergraduate nearing the end of your
studies, and you find any of these topics interesting,
you may also want to consider going on to graduate
and engage with more topical issues, gain more
advanced skills, play with more expensive toys for 2
There are 3 MS options, all of
which require 36 credits (courses at the graduate
level are 4 credits each), so its roughly two more
- 28 hours coursework + 8 hours of
Back when I
was an undergrad (in the mythical brightly colored decade of
the 1980s) I had absolutely no idea about this kind of thing,
so feel free to chat with me (or any of the other CS faculty)
if you have any questions.
Chicago has a
vibrant meetup community including groups focusing on VR and
AR including https://www.meetup.com/VRARChicago/ and
there is the local group of ACM CHI
https://www.chicagochi.org/ - these groups are meeting
virtually now but pre-COVID there were regular get-togethers
where people could meet and try out new tech and people
looking for jobs could meet people looking to hire and
presumably those will reappear.
also quite a few open source libraries available for you to
use, lots of new VR and AR devices coming out, as well as
regular updates to smartphone hardware, so there are
opportunities to develop apps on your own to support different
communities and make those available. The technology is
evolving quickly so it can be a good time to get involved.