Feb 12, 2014

Guo wins 5K Grant from National MS Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) has awarded a $5K MS Entrepreneurs grant to Rongkai Guo, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of computer science, to develop the 'Virtual Reality MS Walk,' which is being unveiled at this year's multiple sclerosis (MS) walk on March 1. The mission of the MS Walk is to raise funds and awareness for MS and MS related research. The 'Virtual Reality MS walk' project is designed to help with this mission. Specifically, the it is a 3D online multi user virtual environment modeled after the real walk held at the AT&T Center every year. The Virtual Reality MS Walk will occur concurrently with the real MS Walk, and will enable people all over the world to actively participate in the walk, regardless of any mobility impairment they may have.


Supervised by Dr. John Quarles, Guo leads a team of one PhD student, Chao Mei, and three undergraduate students, Cory Gonzales, Carlos Portillo, and Manuel Wong on this project. Together, they are working closely with the NMSS MS Walk San Antonio planners. The ultimate goal is that the Virtual Reality MS Walk can be adopted nationally as a new mode of fundraising for NMSS and help raise awareness about MS.


For future updates on this, see the Virtual Reality MS Walk page on the SAVE Lab homepage: http://save.cs.utsa.edu/?page_id=383