Yulia Prokudina, a graduate student at the TSU Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, has created a virtual reserve that enables studying wild animals in their natural habitat. Ecosystems are made as close to life as possible, and the user can make changes to them - remove and add new animals, change their habitat. The new IT product opens up additional opportunities for teaching students. In the future, nature museums will be able to use the virtual reserve to conduct excursions in savannahs, tropical forests, the Arctic, and other climatic regions. The dissertation was carried out based on the AR/VR Laboratory.
To complete the final work, the student had to immerse herself in biology: to study the classification of living organisms, their habitats, behavior patterns, and relationships. The practical implementation included the design of the image of the future product (development of a user script, interface, animation, audio support, and others) and the technical implementation of the idea.
The VR reserve is accompanied by instructions for the teacher (how to create new scenes and add objects) and the student (recommendations for moving in virtual space). As noted by Andrey Pristupa, the supervisor of the graduate student, the head of the laboratory of VR/AR technologies, a working prototype was created. Over time, after completion, this simulator can be offered to educational institutions.