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Visualization And Creativity In Immersive 3D Environments -- From Cave To YURT: May 20-21, 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


    For more CS News and CS Blog articles about the Yurt, please click here.
    We are celebrating the opening of Brown's newest virtual reality environment, the YURT (YURT Ultimate Reality Theatre), in the context of the many decades of visual study that presaged it.

    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:


    All talks will be in Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, with other locations indicated below.

    Wednesday, May 20

    9am-1pm   Attendees will be 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 with priority given to those registered for the symposium, and any free spaces then offered to the Brown community at large.
         YURT: 180 George St (at Brook)
         Cave: Granoff Center, Studio 4, N330

         Guided presentations from 9am to 1pm at both sites will last 45 minutes

    1:30-2 pm Welcoming remarks and introduction

    2:15-3:30 pm Keynote by Henry Fuchs

    3:30-4 pm Coffee, tea, snacks available
         Granoff Center, Foyer

    4-5:15 pm Fritz Drury and John Cayley ("Teaching in Immersive Audiovisual Environments: 'VR Design for Science' and 'Cave Writing'")

    5:30-6:30 pm 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 (Please note the venue: The Hope Club)

    Thursday, May 21

    9:30 am and throughout the day: coffee, tea, pastries, and snacks
         Granoff Center, Foyer

    10-11:15 am  Steven Feiner and Tom Banchoff

    11:30-12:45 pm Jim Head

    1-1:45 pm Pick up lunch boxes in Granoff Center or on your own locally

    2:45-4 pm Joe LaViola ("3D User Interfaces in Virtual Environments: Past, Present, and Future") and Roderick Coover

    4-4:30 pm Coffee and tea

    4:30-5:45 pm Noah Wardrip-Fruin ("The Power of Presence with Virtual Art") and Dan Keefe ("Magical User Interfaces: Bringing Interactivity to Immersive Science and Art")

    6-6:30pm Symposium closing



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