CASMS is a four-year EPSRC fund­ed col­lab­o­ra­tion between Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Liv­er­pool to inves­ti­gate the require­ments of next gen­er­a­tion net­works sup­port­ing dis­trib­uted and col­lab­o­ra­tive vir­tu­al environments.


  • Estab­lish facil­i­ties to inves­ti­gate inte­grat­ed trans­mis­sion of mul­ti-sen­so­ry infor­ma­tion over long-distances
  • Devel­op con­text-aware net­work archi­tec­tures for inter­con­nect­ing mul­ti- sen­so­ry applications
  • Archi­tec­tures will accom­mo­date hap­tic (force/tactile) and olfac­to­ry chan­nels, in addi­tion to vision and audio
  • Research encom­pass­es communications/networking, appli­ca­tion & soft­ware design, mul­ti-modal human-machine interfaces
  • Out­comes will enable and improve col­lab­o­ra­tive VR and AR systems
  • Spe­cif­ic ben­e­fits to col­lab­o­ra­tive design,  tele­con­fer­enc­ing, robot­ics, gam­ing, dis­tance learn­ing and train­ing, VR show­rooms and museums

Research Themes

  • How does VR work?
  • Real-time ren­der­ing of graph­ics and haptics
  • Pres­ence and embodiment
  • Human fac­tors studies
  • Behav­iour­al studies
  • Appli­ca­tion of VR tech­nol­o­gy in nov­el research