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MSU Computer Science Ph.D. student selected for I/ITSEC scholarship

November 23, 2020

A Ph.D. student in Mississippi State’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to help continue his study of the use of virtual reality in educational settings.

Kendall Moore, a Madison, Mississippi native, was selected as the recipient of the Rear Admiral Fred Lewis I/ITSEC Postgraduate Scholarship. Moore will receive $10,000 to augment his Ph.D. research in computer science.

The Rear Admiral Fred Lewis I/ITSEC Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to encourage student and university interest in the pursuit of preparing individuals for leadership in the Modeling & Simulation, Training, and Education communities. Only eight students were selected to receive the scholarship from a field of 28 applicants.

“For children on the autism spectrum, research favors using visual means of education, including video modeling, animation and virtual reality (VR),” said Moore. “With a rising popularity of VR devices on the public market, as well as a rising use in games for education purposes, my dissertation aims to explore the use of VR to help ASD kids develop social skills.”

According to the I/ITSEC website, the scholarship encourages the expansion of the I/ITSEC community and promotes innovation through direct investment in community’s future leaders.

Moore said he will be focusing on teaching ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) children social skills using a virtual reality device to see if children will show measurable results in an immersive simulation.

“I intend to use the Oculus Rift S and Oculus Go as the VR devices for my research,” Moore said.

The Inter-service/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference is held yearly hosted by the National Training and Simulation Association. According to the I/ITSEC website, Moore will be recognized at this conference in November where he will connect with leading professionals from government, industry and academia associating with the modeling and simulation community.

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By: Abbie Kate Hancock