Title page for ETD etd-08162004-151208


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ray, Andrew A
URN etd-08162004-151208
Title A metrics study in Virtual Reality
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Henry, Sallie M. Committee Chair
Kriz, Ronald D. Committee Co-Chair
Edwards, Stephen H. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Virtual Reality
  • metrics
  • software engineering
Date of Defense 2004-05-06
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Virtual Reality is a young field and needs more research to mature. In order to help speed the maturity process research was performed to see if knowledge from the domain of software engineering could be applied to the development of Virtual Reality software. Software engineering is a field within computer science that studies how to improve both product and process. One of the sub-fields of software engineering is metrics, which seeks to measure software products and processes. This allows for prediction of certain attributes such as quality. There are several software toolkits that exist in virtual reality that have not had formal software engineering methodologies applied during their development. This research looks at applying knowledge gained from the metrics discipline to the software toolkits used in virtual reality. When metrics are used to measure the toolkits in virtual reality, the metrics seem to behave--produce similar significant correlations--in a similar fashion as when they are applied in previously studied domains.
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