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Applied Research in Immersive Experiences and Simulations (ARIES)

The Applied Research in Immersive Experiences and Simulations (ARIES) program in the University Libraries is a destination for students to:

  • Discover, create and share their own creations in the form of games, simulations, virtual reality, and augmented reality experiences for learning and entertainment;
  • Have formal and informal interactions with interested peers, faculty, industry partners, and researchers; and
  • Apply immersive environments and simulations to the content creation and educational programs provided by the University Libraries.

Facilities and Equipment

The ARIES program is housed within the Virtual Environments Studios on the fourth floor of Newman Library. The studios include three rooms with the most current wearable virtual and augmented reality equipment, high-end Windows workstations for development, a motion capture stage, mixed reality recording facility, and spatial audio studio.

This is for faculty who...

are seeking research and development partners for immersive experiences.

Todd Ogle, Zachary Duer, and students review content on a desktop computer at the Vauqois Exhibit.

Todd Ogle, Zachary Duer, and students review content on a desktop computer at the Vauqois Exhibit.
Todd Ogle, Zachary Duer, and students review content on a desktop computer at the Vauqois Exhibit.

Faculty  |  Research and Development

ARIES can provide the development needed for research on or with immersive technologies, such as the modeling and programming needed for a virtual anatomy simulation or a historic site visit in augmented reality. Contact Todd Ogle, Executive Director, to learn how ARIES can partner with you on grant proposals, research, and development. ARIES can provide help in:

  • 3D Modeling
  • Laser scanning
  • Photogrammetry
  • Game engine programming
  • 360 video production
  • WebXR development, and more!

Ready to get started?

Get in touch with Todd at togle@vt.edu

This is for students who...

want to gain augmented and virtual reality development skills.

Todd Ogle, Zachary Duer, and students review content on a desktop computer at the Vauqois Exhibit.

Dillon Cutaiar walking through the Vauquois exhibit.

For Students

The ARIES program’s studio prepares you for the workforce with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities through interdisciplinary work in immersive environments development, gaming for entertainment and learning, evaluation, visualization design, and development. You can engage via independent studies, field studies, coursework, and wage positions. Skills developed include:

  • Aerial and Terrestrial Photogrammetry, Laser scanning
  • Archival Research, Print Graphics, Motion Graphics
  • 3D modeling and Retopologizing
  • Game Engine Programming for VR and AR
  • 360-degree Video Production

Ready to get started?

Get in touch with Todd at togle@vt.edu

April 5, 2019 - A festival goer experiences the Exploring the World War I Tunnels of Vauquois through Virtual Reality exhibit during the Virginia Tech and Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on Friday, April 5, 2019. (Photo by Erin Williams/Virginia Tech)

Library patron walking through the Vauquois Exhibit wearing a virtual reality headset.
A festival goer experiences the Exploring the World War I Tunnels of Vauquois through Virtual Reality exhibit. Photo by Erin Williams for Virginia Tech | Friday, April 5, 2019

What Past Partners Have Said

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“I wanted to thank you for giving me the chance to work with you and the ARIES team this past semester. It was an amazing experience that grew my knowledge and helped me get into grad school. This job was exactly what I needed to start my path into geospatial research. The projects you are working on are very interesting and a joy to be involved in.”

“I'd like to thank you and the team for all the opportunities you've provided to me and all the creative students here; you've opened more doorways for us than you probably know.”

A festival goer prepares to make their way through Exploring the World War I Tunnels of Vauquois through Virtual Reality during the Virginia Tech and Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History ACCelerate. Photo by Erin Williams for Virginia Tech | Friday, April 5, 2019.

A festival goer prepares to make their way through Exploring the World War I Tunnels of Vauquois through Virtual Reality during the Virginia Tech and Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History ACCelerate. Photo by Erin Williams for Virginia Tech | Friday, April 5, 2019.