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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
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MITRA, R.  and  SAYDAM, S.. Can artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic be integrated into virtual reality applications in mining?. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2014, vol.114, n.12, pp.1009-1016. ISSN 2411-9717.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia) has been a world leader in the development of innovative virtual reality technologies over the last 15 years. AVIE (Advanced Visualisation and Interactive Environment) was developed by iCinema as a collaborative venture between UNSW's Faculties of Engineering and the College of Fine Arts. This is the world's first 360°-surround, virtual reality (VR) stereo projection theatre system. The School of Mining Engineering at UNSW Australia has developed 18 different virtual reality modules aimed at mine safety training and mining engineering education. These modules are being regularly used in both the mining industry and the university. The School of Mining Engineering is continuously involved in the development of different modules. Research is also currently being conducted on the implementation of other technologies into this environment. Artificial intelligence (AI) and fuzzy logic are tools that the authors would like to consider implementing in future module development. This paper will review current research in both these areas and consider options for applying these technologies.

Keywords : mining; virtual reality; artificial intelligence; fuzzy logic.

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