Virtual Reality Applied Dr. Thomas Schueler / Software Developer and Researcher

Work

current

Senior software engineer at SALT AND PEPPER Software GmbH & Co. KG in Osnabrück, Head of the Virtual Reality department "Virtual Spice"

Project lead, project acquisition, research and development of Virtual Reality applications for use cases in engineering and therapy. I am heading our Virtual Reality department "Virtual Spice" where we focus to develop serious content for modern Virtual Reality head-mounted displays. Scrum Master in the ongoing development project of service applications for fire extinguishing systems.

  • Embodied Engineering: Virtual Reality planning and communication tool for assembly process engineers and manufacturing workers (HTC Vive, Unity3d, C#)
  • Virtual Reality for movement training with chronic pain patients (HTC Vive, Unity3d, C#)
  • neglect assessment in virtual reality (Oculus Rift CV1, Unity3d, C#)
  • virtual reality to train assembly processes in simulated factories (HTC Vive, Unity3d, C#)
  • various Virtual Reality visualisation apps for industry customers (Samsung GearVR, Oculus Rift CV1, Google Daydream, HTC Vive, Unity3d, C#)

past

Technology Consultant at SALT AND PEPPER Nord GmbH & Co. KG in Osnabrück

Front-end development and project lead for various industry applications. Within our team I specialised on web-technologies, Scrum process management and coordination with the client.

  • project lead and prototyping of a Virtual Reality application for visualising customised shelf installations to customers (Unity3d, C#)
  • project lead and mobile application development of a service tool for fire extinguishing systems (Xamarin, C#)
  • development of a web-interface for maintaining wind turbines (HTML5/JS/jQuery/Bootstrap)

 

Abstrakte virtuelle Illusionen für die Schlaganfalltherapie / Abstract virtual illusions for stroke therapy

This is the title of my phd-thesis. I used HCI-informed attempts to design a virtual environment for neuro-rehabilitation. The concept draws on the experience of presence and employs abstract visualizations of body movement to foster motor learning after a stroke. My supervisor is Prof. Dr. Joachim Hertzberg and I was associated both with the computer and cognitive science department of the University of Osnabrueck. The research was funded by the Heinrich Böll foundation. During summer 2012 I visited the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and worked in the medVR motor rehab lab on my phd-project. The developed software is available under BSD license on my github channel.

PortfolioPictures of the software prototype

 

Usability Test Oracle Cloud Office - study project @ University of Osnabrück

I was part of a group of students who carried out an usability test for the company Oracle. We prepared and conducted a test of the Software Oracle Cloud Office as part of a study project at the university of osnabrück. The project is finished and our report was handed in. The company appreciated our work and our results revealed important information to them. The project was a good success and for me it was very instructive to work in this professional setting.

 

eLCC.hsos - e-Learning Competence Center @ University of Applied Science Osnabrück

As a research assistant at the University of Applied Science in Osnabrueck I worked for the e-Learning Competence Center. Aspects of this work have been awarded with the campusemerge-prize in 2010.

PortfolioVideo campusemerge 2010 Device for mobile lecture recordings 2010 App for mobile assessment 2010 campusemerge 2010

 

PT@PC - research on virtual rehabilitation

In this project I worked together with Marion Pälmke (B.Sc. PT) from the department of physiotherapy of the University of Applied Science Osnabrück. We explored possible ways for collaboration between the media-lab and the physiotherapists of our university and explored the field of virtual rehabilitation intensively. The project was led by Prof. Dr. Karsten Morisse (media informatics) and Prof. Dr. Harry von Piekartz (physiotherapy). (PT@PC/SCIPOS)

PortfolioPoster Virtual Mirror Therapy 2009

 

FRJ - field robot junior competition 2008 and 2009

The Field Robot Event is an agricultural robot competition held since 2003. In 2008 this competition took place at the University of Applied Science Osnabrück and was accompanied by a junior competition. It was a big success, so we decided to organize this junior competition on a yearly basis. I was part of the organization committee in 2008 and 2009. (www.fieldrobotjunior.de)

 

Raus aus dem Hörsaal

Prof. Dr. Karsten Morisse teaches a course for students of media informatics at the University of Applied Science Osnabrück using a blended-learning concept. This concept was evaluated by Dipl.-Inf. (FH) Svenja Wichelhaus as part of her diploma thesis. I worked together with her, Prof. Morisse and Prof. Michaela Ramm on the analysis of the evaluation, the publication of the results and the further development of the blended-learning concept.

 

Informatic-didactics with Lego Mindstorms

In my diploma thesis I developed a framework for teaching basic computer science knowledge and skills to children using programmable Lego Mindstorms robots. The framework was explored practically in many courses since then. A pdf of the diploma thesis is available on request.

 

Video documentary of Terrassenfest 2007

In 2007 I worked together with Jan Schädlich on a video documentary of the Terrassenfest 2007, the biggest students festival in Osnabrück. The festival is organized once a year for three days, during which we filmed with two mobile cameras. The resulting 13 hours of video footage were cut to a 15 minutes documentary. We worked mainly with Apple Final Cut Studio, Maxon Cinema 4d and Adobe Photoshop.

PortfolioVideo Documentary Terrassenfest 2007

 

Application webpage

I used this interactive webpage for some applications after my studies in 2007. It was build mainly with Adobe Flash and Adobe Photoshop. Included is a portfolio that refers to some study projects.

PortfolioApplication webpage 2007

 

Discrete (Fast) Fourier Transformation

As part of my studies I developed a Java implementation of the discrete (fast) Fourier transformation for two-dimensional image data. In the report of this project I explain how the resulting visual representation of the Fourier spectrum can be interpreted. I never found this information anywhere, so after working my way towards an understanding I thought this may be valuable for others, too. (Note: german only)

PortfolioReport (Fast) Fourier Transform

 

Defect pixel correction

I did a practical semester as part of my studies and worked for Dalsa BV in Eindhoven, Netherlands. I developed algorithms for automatic correction of image errors that were introduced by defect pixels of the camera sensor. The report with more information is available on request.