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Rudolph P. Darken
Mail Code: CS/Dr
Department of Computer Science
Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences &
Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation Institute
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-7588
Email: darken (at)
DSc - George Washington Univ, 1995
MS - George Washington Univ, 1993
BS - Univ of Illinois at Chicago, 1990
  • 2001: Chair, MOVES Academic Committee, MOVES Institute
  • 2001-Present: Technical Director, Human Performance Engineering and Technolgies for Immersion, MOVES Institute
  • 1999-Present: Academic Associate, Curriculum and Academic Council Representative, MOVES Institute
  • 1998-Present: Chair, Human-Computer Interaction Track, MOVES Institute
  • 1996-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
  • 1989 - 1996 - Director of the TEWD Virtual Environment Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, Tactical Electronic Warfare Division. Founding research scientist and principle investigator. Charter member of the NRL Institutional Review Board, Washington, D.C., 1991-1996.
  • Intern, Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, Information Technology Division, Washington, D.C., 1991.
  • Graduate Student, The George Washington University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington, D.C., 1990-1996.
  • Summer internship with the supercomputing group, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, 1989.
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Usability engineering
  • Training systems
  • Computer graphics
  • Mobile computing
  • Virtual environments
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Human factors
  • Training systems
  • Wireless mobile computing
  • Darken, R.P., and Peterson, B. (in press, 2001), “Spatial Orientation, Wayfinding, and Representation,“ to appear in the Handbook of Virtual Environment Technology, Stanney, K. Ed.
  • Darken, R.P., Cockayne, W.R., and Carmein, D. (1997), “The Omni-Directional Treadmill: A Locomotion Device for Virtual Worlds,” Proceedings of UIST '97, pp. 213-221.
  • Darken, R.P., Bernatovich, D., Lawson, J., and Peterson, B. (1999), “Quantitative Measures of Presence in Virtual Environments: The Roles of Attention and Spatial Comprehension,” Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 2(4) pp. 337-347.
  • Darken, R.P., and Cevik, H. (1999), “Map Usage in Virtual Environments: Orientation Issues,” Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality 99, pp. 133-140.
  • Darken, R.P. and Banker, W.P. (1998), “Navigating in Natural Environments: A Virtual Environment Training Transfer Study,” Proceedings of VRAIS '98, pp. 12-19.
  • Keywords: Virtual environments, human-computer, interaction, training, mobile computing

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