Solar Energy Systems Design in 2D and 3D: A Comparison of User Vital Signs

AlQallaf, N., Ayaz, F., Bhatti, S., Hussain, S. , Zoha, A. and Ghannam, R. (2022) Solar Energy Systems Design in 2D and 3D: A Comparison of User Vital Signs. In: ICECS 2022: 29th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits & Systems, Glasgow, UK, 24-26 October 2022, ISBN 9781665488235 (doi: 10.1109/ICECS202256217.2022.9971065)

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Abstract

Current solar energy systems design methods mainly rely on experts developing designs on 2D flat screens using outdated CAD models. Immersive 3D design methods may democratise the design process, such that systems can be designed quickly and accurately. Therefore, in this manuscript we measure user engagement or stress levels in both a 2D and 3D immersive virtual reality environment during a solar energy systems design task. User engagement was measured by estimating a user's vital signs using a non-invasive FMCW radar. In our pilot study, four participants tried a 2D and 3D interface while their vital signs were being monitored. According to participant feedback from self-reported questionnaires, our results clearly indicate that the 3D virtual reality offers higher user engagement. These findings could have a tremendous impact on the way we develop renewable energy systems of the future.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zoha, Dr Ahmed and Ghannam, Professor Rami and Bhatti, Mr Satyam and AlQallaf, Ms Noor and Hussain, Dr Sajjad and Ayaz, Fahad
Authors: AlQallaf, N., Ayaz, F., Bhatti, S., Hussain, S., Zoha, A., and Ghannam, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
ISBN:9781665488235
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 IEEE
First Published:First published in 2022 29th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems (ICECS)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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