Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Dr. Richard H. Fowler

Second Advisor

Dr. Zhixiang Chen

Third Advisor

Dr. Wendy Lawrence-Fowler


Virtual Reality (VR) is a term used to describe computer-simulated environments that can immerse users in a real or unreal world. Immersive systems are an essential component when experiencing virtual environments. Developing VR applications is time-consuming, and developers use many resources in creating VR applications. The separate components require integration, and the challenges in using public domain open source software present complex software development. The VizLab Virtual Reality System was created to meet these challenges and provide an integrated suite of tools for VR system development. VizLab supports the development of VR applications by using game engine and CAVE system technology. The system consists of software modules that provide rendering, texturing, collision, physics, window/viewport management, cluster synchronization, input management, multi-processing, stereoscopic 3D, and networking. VizLab combines the main functional aspects of a game engine and CAVE system for an improved approach to developing VR applications, virtual environments, and immersive environments.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American