The Engineering Design Graphics Journal, Vol 83 (2019)

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Can Virtual Reality Enhance User Performance and Experience by Reducing an Individual’s Cognitive Workload?

Kevin Devine, Yi-hsiang Isaac Chang, Gunnar Klitzing


Recent developments in Virtual Reality (VR) technology have prompted the manufacturing industry and software vendors to investigate VR’s potential for process enhancement. In this paper, we present a study to investigate whether using VR could reduce an individual’s cognitive workload during the process of programming an indus­trial robot. The rationale of the study and the design of the experiment are discussed first. The results, including time taken to accomplish the given tasks and the quality of the path plans, are then presented, along with the results from a user experience survey. We conclude this paper with the discussion of the findings and the plans for future study. 

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The Engineering Design Graphics Journal serves as the official journal of the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Design Graphics Division and provides a professional publication for educators and industry personnel associated with activities in engineering, technology, descriptive geometry, CAD, and any research related to visualization and design.

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