May 20 and 21, 2015
sponsored by the Office of Brown University's 250th Anniversary, the Brown University Center for Computing and Visualization, Brown University Computing and Information Services, and the Brown University Sciences Library; the YURT has been developed with funding from NSF
This immersive environment fully engages our visual senses for exploration and discovery in areas as diverse as planetary geology, mathematics, visual art, digital literature, and biology. With head and body-tracking, users control a virtual world shown on a room-sized, 100 million-pixel stereo display that completely surrounds them. You have to experience this unique instrument to truly understand and appreciate it.
Join us to learn about the future of virtual reality from some of the field's greatest innovators and to experience the reality for yourself.
Please do two things immediately in order to attend:
- E-mail Jesse Polhemus to register. Please note that earlier registrants will be given preference for some events, including demonstrations.
- Book a hotel room if necessary: Hotel Providence (401-861-8000), the Biltmore (401-421-0700), the Wyndham Garden (401-272-5577), or the Marriott (401-272-2400).
20 WEDNESDAY morning
Attendees are invited to sign up for presentations in both new YURT and the legacy Cave on Wednesday morning, and subsequently on a drop-in basis throughout Thursday.
YURT: 180 George St (at Brook), Cave: Granoff Center, Studio 4, N330.
30 minute guided presentations at either site may be booked here.
20 WEDNESDAY afternoon -- all talks are in Granoff's Martino Auditorium
1:30-2 pm Welcoming remarks and introduction
2-3:15 Henry Fuchs: Keynote ("The Immersion Renaissance: Head-Worn Displays, Projectors, and the YURT")
3:15-4pm Coffee, Tea, snacks available
Granoff Center, Foyer
4-5:15pm Fritz Drury ‘VR Design for Science’
John Cayley ‘Teaching Literary Arts in an Immersive Audiovisual Environment’
5:30-6:30pm Reception and YURT Inauguration
with Provost Vicki Colvin
Please note the venue: Brown CIT Building, 3rd Floor
Thomas J. Watson Sr. Center for Information Technology
7:30 pm Symposium dinner for SELECTED participants
Venue: The Hope Club
21 THURSDAY -- all talks are in Granoff's Martino Auditorium
9:30am & throughout the day: Coffee, Tea, Pastries/Snacks
Granoff Center, Foyer
10-11:15am Steven Feiner ‘VR, AR, and the Future of User Interfaces’
11:30-12:45pm Jim Head ‘Planetary Immersive VIrtual Reality: Transporting
Astronauts and Researchers to Planetary Surfaces and Learning to Work’
Dan Keefe: ‘Magical User Interfaces: Bringing Interactivity to Immersive Science and Art’
1-1:45pm Pick-up lunch boxes in Granoff center or on your own locally
2:45-4pm Joe LaViola ‘3D Spatial User Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future
from the Virtual to the Real’
Roderick Coover ‘Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project’
4-4:30pm Coffee & Tea
4:30-5:45pm Noah Wardrip-Fruin ‘The Power of Presence with Virtual Art’
Opportuntity for general discussion.
6-6:30pm Symposium closing
- Where can I find parking? How do I find help for my special accessibility needs?
Parking may be limited, so we recommend carpooling or alternative methods of transportation if possible. You can find more information about parking and accessibility here.
- I'm interested in checking out the Yurt myself. Could you please help?
We'd be happy to! Please e-mail Tom Sgouros.