MSc Thesis Defence by Mark Wulff and Mathias Schmidt Petræus


Utilizing Virtual Reality to assess Collaborative Workflows and Architectural Design in Super Hospitals


Based upon research within Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), we have designed and implemented the collaborative workflow of a simplified cardiac arrest scenario in virtual reality (VR) with focus on evaluation of articulation work through awareness. In collaboration with New North Zealand Hospital (NHN), we employ their digital model of BIM to achieve a 1:1 scale model which provides the context of a shared workspace for the scenario. We evaluate the VR scenario with healthcare professionals from North Zealand Hospital. From our experimentation, we found that temporal orientation, social proximity and workspace coordination, is important when designing for collaborative workflows in VR in domain-specific buildings, including how real world translated constraints influences these metrics. Furthermore, we compare the characteristics of the VR digital model with characteristics of the physical mock-up models used in architectural design. These metrics can be used to understand, support and evaluate collaborative workflows in domain-specific buildings, in VR settings, impacting future, non-existing buildings.​​

Examinators: Professor Pernille Bjørn and Assistant Professor Naja Holten Møller, DIKU

Censor: Professor Susanne Bødker, Aarhus University