DAF Technology Lab: Research & Education in Virtual Reality
The DAF Technology Lab is a unique research, education and training facility in virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality. The lab occupies virtual reality rooms with various behavior measurement technologies, VR equipment as well as two CAVE systems. These CAVEs (Cave Virtual Automatic Environment) offer the opportunity to experience virtual reality not individually but collaboratively through VR projection on four walls.
Our goals are to facilitate teachers to explore opportunities of VR, XR and AR in their education, to facilitate researchers to explore the VR, XR, and AR opportunities in their research, and to encourage the academic, societal and business community to explore VR, XR, and AR opportunities in training, development and research.
Unique CAVE systems
What makes the two CAVE systems in the DAF Technology Lab unique in the world is the full 360-degree VR experience, the high-quality combination of mixed reality and spatial audio, the tracking system that can follow a large number of users simultaneously to measure group dynamics, the teaching and training application, and the affordable solution they provide for education and research.
The lab was created thanks to an initial philanthropic donation from the PACCAR Foundation, the parent company of DAF Trucks NV and externally funded research projects to the lab team to measure new forms of education and training in a collaborative VR space, including funding from OPZuid, European Union, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Province of Noord-Brabant.
Using the CAVE systems for my classes brings students closer to the content I am teaching.
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Research in the DAF Technology Lab
Several externally funded research projects have been pushing the advancements of the DAF Technology Lab. Read more about these exciting research projects.
Education in the DAF Technology Lab
The educational opportunities in virtual reality are endless. Read more about how using these modern virtual reality technologies benefits your education.
Lab facilities in the DAF Technology Lab
The DAF Technology Lab features two CAVE systems with 360-degree visual and audio immersion, two high-end research cabins, and a range of sensing technologies. Read more about our facilities.
DAF Technology Lab Team
The DAF Technology Lab has an accomplished and dedicated team. Explore the profiles of the team members driving the success of the lab and contributing to innovative projects.
History DAF Technology Lab
The DAF Technology Lab at Tilburg University, founded by Prof. Dr. Max Louwerse through a philanthropic donation from the PACCAR Foundation – parent company of DAF Trucks NV – and additional external funding, provides a cutting-edge VR environment for (collaborative) research, teaching and training.
Contact and visit the DAF Technology Lab
The DAF Technology Lab is a research and education facility for students, researchers and the business community. The team is always ready to talk about opportunities for collaboration on research projects, to discuss opportunities for teaching classes, and to discuss partnerships for training.
The lab has been funded bu a philantropic donation from the PACCAR Foundation, and grants from OPZuid, European Union, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Province of Noord-Brabant.