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Bernhard Riecke

  • Dr.
  • Associate Professor
  • Simon Fraser University
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I am a psycho-physicist and Cognitive Scientist who’s excited about study­ing how humans orient in vir­tual and real envi­ron­ments. I received my PhD in Physics from the Tübingen University in Germany and researched for a decade in the Virtual Reality group of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany. After a post-doc in Psychology at Vanderbilt University I joined the School of Interactive Arts & Technology of Simon Fraser University as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in 2008. My research approach com­bines fun­da­men­tal sci­en­tific research with an applied per­spec­tive of improv­ing human-computer interaction. I com­bine multi-disciplinary research approaches and immer­sive vir­tual envi­ron­ments to inves­ti­gate what con­sti­tutes effec­tive, robust, embod­ied and intu­itive human spa­tial cog­ni­tion, ori­en­ta­tion and behav­iour (and many other things as you can see on the projects pages). This fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge is used to guide the design of novel, more effec­tive human-computer inter­faces and inter­ac­tion par­a­digms that enable sim­i­lar processes in computer-mediated envi­ron­ments like vir­tual real­ity (VR) and multi-media. These improved inter­faces can then enable and inspire fur­ther research, both fun­da­men­tal and applied.

Recent publications

  • Are you dreaming? A phenomenological study on understanding lucid dreams as a tool for introspection in Virtual reality

    • Kitson A
    • Schiphorst T
    • Riecke B
  • The search for instantaneous vection: An oscillating visual prime reduces vection onset latency

    • Palmisano S
    • Riecke B

Professional experience

Associate Professor

Simon Fraser University

May 2008 - Present


Co-authors (145)

  • Amelia W. Cole
  • Stephanie Andrews
  • Daniel Sproll
  • Aaron Levisohn
  • Drew Dara-Abrams