Skip to main page content - your browser does not fully support our CSS, or is text-only.

PhD Studentship Topic

Second Life: Virtual and real world interaction

Multiple user virtual worlds such as Second Life (SL), offer an immersive environment where multiple users can interact through avatars. Users roam and interact with other avatars through behaviour and an instant message style communication. Some avatars elect to use voice too. To roam, avatars can walk, swim, fly, use moving objects such as cars, bikes, and even teleport at will.

An exciting aspect of SL is the ability to program in-world objects through a scripting language (Linden* Scripting Language or LSL) that is rather C-like in nature. The emphasis is on a state machine approach to provide behaviour in response to stimuli. There is a limited ability through HTTP and XML-RPC to communicate with external servers and devices. This affects the coordination between in-world objects and real-world devices.

This proposed PhD programme will investigate how environments such as SL can be extended to provide a more powerful link between in-world and real-world experiences. The goal is to use portable devices to interact with in-world objects to allow users that are not in-world to maintain a presence and activity in-world. The desire is to provide a more natural interaction rather than simply use an inadequate small screen as a conventional window.

Further Details

Contact: Prof Evan Magill
Web page:

* Linden Laboratories are the creators of Second Life.

This page is maintained by:
Computing Science and Mathematics
Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA
Tel: +44 1786 46 7421

© University of Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland UK • Telephone +44 1786 473171 • Scottish Charity No SC011159
Portal Logon

Forgotten login?