The thrill of the ride
Xinyue Wu has a love of video games. From playing and designing, to exploring user experience, video games offer her a sense of excitement and escapism. This summer, as a Globalink Research intern at Ryerson University, Xinyue is delving into that passion for user experience, but outside of the virtual world. She’s examining the multiple characteristics of amusement park rides including thrill, enjoyment, and rider behaviour.
In collaboration with professors Kristiina McConville and Kathryn Woodcock at Ryerson’s THRILL Lab (Tools for Holistic Ride Inspection Learning and Leadership), Xinyue is developing a set of ride simulations using software to represent a spectrum of intensity levels and sustained versus intermittent thrills.
After the video simulations are developed, they will be translated into a motion program to be tested in a simulator. The data from Xinyue’s project will help designers optimize user experience before the design of a ride is finalized and constructed.
As a third year undergraduate student in digital media technology at China’s Zhejiang University, Xinyue’s Globalink project offers her a chance to explore an area of research she wouldn’t normally have the chance to study.
Her experience at Ryerson, working in tandem with two Canadian professors, has been a highlight. Says Xinyue: “The freedom I’ve had to explore areas of interest during my Globalink project, in addition to the support I’ve received from my professors and other students in the THRILL Lab, has been the most worthwhile part of my internship. It’s my first taste of what a Canadian graduate experience could be like.”
Mitacs would like to thank Industry Canada, the Governments of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, and Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies. Mitacs is pleased to work with international partners to support Globalink, including Brazil’s le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, the China Scholarship Council, Campus France, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education.