I am a third year PhD student in the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group at the Department of Computer Science, University College London, supervised by Prof. Anthony Steed and Dr. Simon Julier. My project is co-funded by the EPSRC and the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute through an Industrial Cooperative Award in Science & Technology (CASE). From September 2016 I am a Research Assistant at Oculus.
My research is on the use of immersive virtual reality in assembly line operator training, with the goal of enhancing the efficiency of high-value manufacturing in the vehicle industry. My interests also lie in human-computer and 3D interaction, spatial cognition and project management.
I received a BEng in Multimedia Egineering from the University of Valencia in 2014 and have been a Teaching Assistant for COMP3001 - Technology Management and Professional Issues in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 academic years. I am currently a Teaching Assistant for COMPGV07 - Virtual Environments and INSTG018 - Introduction to Programming and Scripting.
Publications and conferences
> Murcia-López M. and Steed A. (2018) , A Comparison of Virtual and Physical Training Transfer of Bimanual Assembly Tasks. Manuscript submitted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.
> Xu, M., Murcia-López, M., & Steed, A. (2017) Object Location Memory Error in Virtual and Real Environments. IEEE Virtual Reality 2017 (pp. 315-316)
IEEE (Open Access)
> Murcia-López M. and Steed A. (2016) The Effect of Environmental Features, Self-Avatar, and Immersion on Object Location Memory in Virtual Environments. Front. ICT 3:24. doi: 10.3389/fict.2016.00024.
Frontiers (Open Access)
> Steed, A., Friston, S., Murcia-López, M., Drummond,J., Pan,Y., Swapp, D. (2016) An ‘In the Wild’ Experiment on Presence and Embodiment using Consumer Virtual Reality Equipment, in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 1406-1414, April 21 2016.
IEEE (Open Access)
> Murcia-López, M., Zisch, F.E., Steptoe, W., Spiers, H., & Steed, A. (2015). Preliminary Findings on the Effect of Scale Transformations on Spatial Memory in Immersive and Desktop Virtual Environments. Presented at the 6th International Conference on Spatial Cognition, "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy, Sept 7-11, 2015.
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