A virtual reality system for the simulation and manipulation of wireless communication networks
In collaboration with Tobias Rick and Torsten Kuhlen.
The knowledge of the propagation behavior of radio waves is a fundamental prerequisite for the planning and optimization of mobile radio networks. Propagation effects are usually simulated numerically, since real-world measurement
campaigns are time-consuming and expensive. Automatic planning algorithms can explore a vast amount of network configurations to find good deployment schemes. However, complex urban scenarios demand for a great emphasis on site-specific details in the propagation environment which are often not covered in automatic approaches.
We have combined the simulation of radio waves with an interactive exploration and modification of the propagation environment in a virtual reality prototype application. By coupling real-time simulation and manipulation tasks we can provide an uninterrupted user-centered work flow.