A subdivision of the CS @ ILLINOIS Cascade Lab

What We Do

Our research group investigates the effect of videogame training on spatial reasoning skills. The goal of our research is to provide evidence-based recommendations to researchers, game designers, and educators about the best ways to train spatial skills for specific target populations. We developed our own game, Homeworld Bound, to use as a testbed for our studies.

Current Research Projects

Game Features for Spatial Skill Training

What individual features contribute to a game's effectiveness at training children's spatial skills?

Traditional Versus Game-Based Training

How do traditional workbook exercises compare with game-based approaches to training undergraduate engineering students' spatial skills?


Faculty and Staff

Angie Wolters
Assistant Director
Women in Engineering

Wai-Tat Fu
Associate Professor
Computer Science

H. Chad Lane
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology

Frances Wang

Geoffrey Herman
Assistant Professor
Computer Science
Contact Email

James Michael Leake
Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

Brian S. Woodard
Teaching Associate
Aerospace Engineering

Graduate Students

Ziang Xiao
PhD Student

Sanorita Dey
PhD Student

Chi-Hsien Eric Yen
PhD Student

Yi-Chieh EJ Lee
PhD Student

Undergraduate Students

Nick Olenz

Robin C Sheong

Contact Us

Lead researcher
Helen Wauck
wauck2 at illinois dot edu

Faculty Director
Wai-Tat Fu
wfu at illinois dot edu