NMSU professors get funding for virtual reality lab

New Mexico

A technology company has awarded two faculty members at New Mexico State University $350,000 to create a new kind of laboratory.

The university says the funding from Las Cruces-based Electronic Caregiver will be used to establish a lab that will provide students and professors a space to conduct research using augmented and virtual reality.

The research is expected to focus on slips and falls, search and rescue behaviors and rehabilitation scenarios, among other things.

The lab will be led by professor Phillip Post of the Department of Kinesiology and Dance and Michael C. Hout, an associate psychology professor.

Hout calls the lab a game-changer, saying it represents a huge technological investment.

The lab will employ graduate and undergraduate research assistants from departments across campus, including kinesiology, psychology, computer science, electrical engineering and the Creative Media Institute.

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