Virtual Reality - Seeing the Possibilities
Virtual Reality is no longer a sci-fi dream - it is here and set to revolutionise how we interact with technology in a range of industries which is becoming easier and cheaper to access.
VR has already begun transforming both the filmmaking and gaming industry, however, it has only just grazed the surface of its possibilities.
According to the Top Ten Tech Predictions for 2016 by Junipers Research, VR is set for rapid market expansion, especially in the industrial and healthcare sectors.
Join Professor Mark Billinghurst and Dr Ross Smith in the Innovation & Collaboration Centre as we explore the potential that this new technology can provide. Professor Billinghurst and Dr Smith will explain what Virtual Reality is, how this medium can be used and how you can engage with it. This seminar is open to designers, marketers, medical professionals, retailers, real estate and travel agents…anyone who interacts with consumers that base decision making on their experiences are encouraged to attend.
Meet the Presenters
Professor Mark Billinghurst
Professor Mark Billinghurst is an internationally renowned researcher in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality, joining UniSA in 2015 as part of a fellowship program to expand the state’s research capabilities.
He has published over 300 technical publications and presented demonstrations and courses at a wide variety of conferences. He has over 16,000 citations and a Google Scholar h-index of 59; with a ranking in the top 500 most cited researchers in computer science world wide.
Prior to joining the University of South Australia he was Director of the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury and he has previously worked at British Telecom, Nokia, Google and the MIT Media Laboratory. His MagicBook project, was winner of the 2001 Discover award for best entertainment application, and he received the 2013 IEEE VR Technical Achievement Award for contributions to research and commercialization in Augmented Reality. In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Dr Ross Smith
Dr Ross Smith Co-Directs the Wearable Computer Lab (WCL) and is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences at UniSA's Mawson Lakes Campus. He earned his PhD in 2009 and is a passionate researcher working with Virtual, Augmented and Mixed reality systems. He aims to better understand how these technologies can be used to change the way we work, live and play. He is interested in applying their capabilities in areas including health care, retail shopping, manufacturing and design domains. He has a diverse range of experience including platforms such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Hololens and 360 photography systems. Recently in 2016 he won the SA iAward for the project “MoOvi: A virtual reality training tool for chronic pain” in the Research and Development category. Dr Smith has also published 62 technical articles in prestigious journal and conference venues. His Google scholar profile has 360 citations and shows a h-index of 10.