Paulo Bala is a PhD student in Digital Media at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias (FCT) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), with ITI-LARSyS as host institution. Paulo holds a MA. of Entertainment Technology (2015) from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and University of Madeira (Portugal), and a BSc. (2010) and MSc. (2013) in Informatics Engineering from University of Madeira.

Research Interests: Human Computer Interaction; Virtual Reality; Cinematic VR; Augmented Reality; Entertainment Technology.

PhD Work: The recent advances in Virtual Reality (VR) technology have paved the way for mass adoption of VR, by providing affordable, self-contained and resilient systems. However, some challenges remain in the User Experience; as creators are confronted with a new design space, they struggle with adapting their knowledge to a different medium and tackling the User Experience issues that arise. Additionally, the lack of knowledge In guidelines and best practices hinders the quality of content being created. Paulo’s research focuses on the creation of support tools that captures user metrics and transforms them into actionable insights on the content, interaction and user experience. This research aims not only to help creators in the design, development and deployment phases of their products but also to create a scaffold framework for further investigations in new interaction paradigms for VR.


Selected Publications

"When the Elephant Trumps": A Comparative Study on Spatial Audio for Orientation in 360º Videos

Bala, Paulo; Masu, Raul; Nisi, Valentina; Nunes, Nuno

"When the Elephant Trumps": A Comparative Study on Spatial Audio for Orientation in 360º Videos Inproceedings

2019.

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Visually induced motion sickness in 360 videos: comparing and combining visual optimization techniques.

Bala, Paulo; Dionísio, Dina; Nisi, Valentina; Nunes, Nuno

Visually induced motion sickness in 360 videos: comparing and combining visual optimization techniques. Inproceedings

IEEE International Symposium for Mixed and Augmented Reality 2018, 2018.

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Cue Control: Interactive Sound Spatialization for 360º Videos

Bala, Paulo; Masu, Raul; Nisi, Valentina; Nunes, Nuno

Cue Control: Interactive Sound Spatialization for 360º Videos Inproceedings

International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, pp. 333–337, Springer, Cham, 2018.

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IVRUX: A tool for analyzing immersive narratives in virtual reality

Bala, Paulo; Dionisio, Mara; Nisi, Valentina; Nunes, Nuno

IVRUX: A tool for analyzing immersive narratives in virtual reality Inproceedings

International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, pp. 3–11, Springer, Cham, 2016.

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