Immersive Data Analysis for Planning Military Operations: Design and Think-Aloud Study

  • Jerson Neto UFRGS
  • Otávio Secco UFRGS
  • Carla Freitas UFRGS
  • Jorge Wagner UFRGS
  • Anderson Maciel Instituto Superior Técnico / UFRGS
  • Luciana Nedel UFRGS


The ability to visualize data in immersive environments offers new interpretations that directly impact the outcomes of activities such as military planning, where effective decision-making is vital for mission execution. This work aims to explore the application of VR in military planning as a tool that exploits a metaphor of the sandbox, the current planning approach adding increased possibilities of visualizing training range data in 3D. To achieve this, we designed and developed a prototype that includes a virtual terrain and miniature models and provides interactions based on the sandbox concept. To evaluate the prototype, a user study was conducted with army experts performing a planning task using both conventional methods and VR. Results indicate that VR is a viable alternative with an impact on the decision-making process during military planning. Future research should focus on assessing the effects of multiple conditions with a larger group of participants and investigating additional functionalities such as spatial perception.

Palavras-chave: Immersive Data Analysis, Virtual Reality, Military Planning


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NETO, Jerson; SECCO, Otávio; FREITAS, Carla; WAGNER, Jorge; MACIEL, Anderson; NEDEL, Luciana. Immersive Data Analysis for Planning Military Operations: Design and Think-Aloud Study. In: SIMPÓSIO DE REALIDADE VIRTUAL E AUMENTADA (SVR), 25. , 2023, Rio Grande/RS. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2023 . p. 66–76.