Faculty Advisor

Mathisen, Paul P.

Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth

Project Center

Boston, Massachusetts


There are approximately 500 North Atlantic right whales alive today, and human actions continue to threaten their population. The goal of our project was to identify and analyze emerging technologies that could be used at the New England Aquarium to educate the public on the dangers facing the North Atlantic right whale. We researched how five emerging technologies could be implemented at the New England Aquarium through an analysis of nine example exhibit ideas. These exhibit ideas were evaluated on their ability to attract, hold the attention of, and communicate a message to visitors. We concluded that virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, touch screens, and projection mapping are viable mediums for educating visitors in an aquarium setting in place of live animals.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs