The international Virtual Environments Research Group

Website of research by Dr. Michael Vallance Ed.D, MSc., BSc(Hons), PGCE


Dr. Michael Vallance:

I am a Professor in the Department of Media Architecture (and previously the Director of the Center for Meta-Learning - CML) at Future University Hakodate, Japan.

I have a Doctorate in Education from Durham University, a Masters Degree in Computer Assisted Learning from Stirling University, UK, and a BSc(Hons) Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Wales, UK.

Solar power plant


Fukushima nuclear power plant


Abandoned factory space

CURRENT RESEARCH: Engineering virtual reality for real learning. Funded by JAIST kakenhi no. 18K02940 (AY2018 ~ 2021).

The Research hypothesis: Learning performance in a 3D virtual world is significantly increased when virtual activities are synchronized with real-world outcomes.

Significance of the research: This research will determine quantitative metrics of learning thereby enabling education and industry to appropriate virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) technologies.

Future University Hakodate (公立はこだて未来大学)

Dept. of Media Architecture (情報アーキテクチャ学科)

Information science (情報アーキテクチャ学科)

Anti-disciplinary education

     Design | Make | Play

Quantitative metrics of learning

What we do best:

Inter and intra cognitive communication between people, sensors and data in both real and virtual spaces.

Figures show Fukushima Dai'ichi nuclear power plant disaster learnng activity in Virtual Reality (Oculus Rift HMD & Unity).