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10-20-04

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James Oliver, Virtual Reality Applications Center, 515-294-2649

Jerry Duncan, Deere & Company, 309-765-3887

Annette Hacker, News Service, 515-294-3720

John Deere pledges more funding to Iowa State University's virtual reality program

AMES, Iowa -- Continuing its decade of research support to Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC), Deere & Company announced a new three-year initiative today.

ISU Provost Ben Allen accepted the grant during a luncheon held on the university campus for more than 40 representatives from the John Deere enterprise. The announcement was part of a day-long event for John Deere sponsors to observe results of research aimed at applying virtual reality technology to improving product and manufacturing process development.

Deere has supported applied virtual reality research at VRAC since 1994. Research topics supported by the most recent commitment will include interactive immersive design reviews, collaborative virtual environments, virtual fluids engineering and control system design methods.

"Working at the junction between emerging technologies and contemporary product engineering practice is extremely gratifying," said Jim Oliver, VRAC director. "We look forward to helping Deere maintain its leadership as a product development innovator."

"We greatly value our relationship with the Virtual Reality Applications Center faculty, staff and students," said Jerry Duncan, manager of collaborative science at the John Deere Technology Center in Moline, Ill. "Through our ongoing collaboration, we are advancing the science and practice of virtual engineering to the benefit of our customers and our company."

VRAC research develops computer interfaces that integrate virtual environments, wireless networking, pervasive computing and third-generation user interface devices to amplify the creativity and productivity of people. VRAC is home to the C6, the world's first fully immersive six-sided virtual reality theater with wireless tracking and navigation. VRAC is involved in about $10 million in ongoing contract research that provides support for more than 30 faculty and more than 130 graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

For more information on VRAC, click on www.vrac.iastate.edu.

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"Working at the junction between emerging technologies and contemporary product engineering practice is extremely gratifying."

Jim Oliver, VRAC director