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.

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