I am a Professor of Anthropology and an affiliate in the Department of Informatics and Game Studies & Design at UIUC and a Professor of Biomedical and Translational Sciences and the Anatomy Director for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. My research focuses on the evolution of our species, Homo sapiens, as a background to understanding recent human diversity. I have a geographic focus in Southeast Asia, and since 2008 I have co-directed ongoing field research in northern Laos. More recently, my research explores virtual reality and technology in education in an effort to make human prehistory and archaeological field work accessible to more students.
You can find out more about my research https://anthro.illinois.edu/directory/profile/llshacke and https://experts.illinois.edu/en/persons/laura-lynn-shackelford.
Wen-Hao David Huang
I study how individuals and organizations make informed decisions across learning and development contexts. By understanding how decision-making processes are made, it becomes feasible for me to design motivational and engagement systems to facilitate favorable decision-making behaviors by individuals and organizations. I work with a variety of learning environments, ranging from technology-enriched and enabled learning environments (TEELE) to community-based learning environments. Regardless of the characteristics and purposes of the learning environments, my work informs the underlying theoretical and empirical foundations in motivations, engagements, and design thinking.
For the Game-Based Virtual Reality Archaeology project, I am responsible for designing and implementing research and evaluative activities to delineate the relationships among motivational support, cognitive processes, and learning outcome perceived by study participants. I believe the output of this project can meaningfully inform the design and implementation of VR-based learning environments in terms of their instructional efficacy, accessibility, and scalability for learning and development applications across contexts.
Illinois News Bureau article: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/717299
My full faculty bio is linked here: https://education.illinois.edu/faculty/wenhao-david-huang
My LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wdhuang/
I am a graduate student in Anthropology with an interest in photogrammetry and 3D modeling applications in archaeology. I was invited to join this project in the spring of 2019 as a part-time student employee and am very excited to be able to take part in making this project a (Virtual) reality.