Top 10 student’s virtual world helps kids with aggression disorders
April 13, 2016
For her ground-breaking research that will help treat children who have aggression disorders, Riley Mineart was named a 2016 IUPUI Top 10 Female Student at the IUPUI Top 100 Recognition Dinner on April 8.
An immersive, virtual 3-D environment that will aid in assessing and ultimately helping children overcome these disorders is Mineart’s invaluable contribution to research in the emerging industry of media arts and sciences in health care.
Working with her faculty mentor Zebulun Wood at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI—and Assistant Research Professor Tom Hummer from the IU Department of Psychiatry and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis—Mineart used 3-D software and Oculus Rift virtual headset technology to create virtual real-world scenarios for kids at Riley Hospital, employing wireless heart rate monitors to assess their responses.
The Top 10 honor is a dream for Mineart, a graduating senior in Media Arts and Science at the School of Informatics and Computing who made a personal pledge in her freshman year to apply her best efforts to every college experience.
On top of numerous academic achievements, she has worked tirelessly in her community. A few examples of her many philanthropic endeavors include volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House, advocating for breast cancer education, founding and acting as president for the School of Informatics and Computing Community Service Club, and being an active member of Students and Technology in Academia, Research, and Services (STARS) at the School of Informatics and Computing.
“The people at this school make it really hard to leave,” says Mineart, who will begin her graduate studies in human-computer interaction after graduation. “I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. It’s been a hugely important part of my college life.”