Iona University Computer Science Students Create Their Own Virtual Reality Worlds
Finalizing their midterm projects, students used cutting-edge technology to present various virtual scenarios
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Students in Iona University’s computer science advanced game development course created their own virtual reality worlds, which they demonstrated as midterm projects for the semester. Using a special helmet device, students were transported to alternate realities created by their own hard work and design.
Virtual reality game development is one of the most cutting-edge fields of computer science, with applications ranging from entertainment and advertising to serious training simulations in defense, medicine, psychology and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Student projects included stylized puzzle rooms, where the student solved puzzles in order to advance; dungeons and monster-inhabited islands, where students had to defend themselves; the pitcher’s mound of a baseball field, with a bat in hand; and one even flipped the virtual world upside down.
“Everyone had a great time and showed off their talent and creativity,” said Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D., Iona University computer science professor. “Iona students majoring in computer science with a concentration in game development are at the forefront of a new wave of technological innovation that promises to transform our lives and careers. They’ve accomplished so much and it’s only the middle of the semester – the best is yet to come.”
Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2023.” Iona University also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona University and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the University’s new campus in Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences offers a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care. On July 1, 2022, Iona officially changed its status from College to University, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.