Virtual reality research a reality at York

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) recently announced funds for research at York University in virtual reality systems, computer vision, and the design of online educational computer games, in the latest round of CFI New Opportunities funding for researchers at universities across Canada.

York’s research on virtual reality systems is expected to produce improvements in virtual reality displays that enable more effective performance of machine tasks from a distance, such as robotic search and rescue in high-risk environments.

The work on computer game design with an educational focus is intended to improve the technological literacy of educators and learners by integrating play and learning in software designed by educators themselves, rather than technology specialists alone.

The computer vision research is in developing machines/computers that can see, enabling them to interact with us in a way that is far more natural and useful than currently possible.

For details on individual research projects that have been funded, check the Media Relations news releases at