Voices of XR: David Chalmers

speaker David Chalmers.

“From the Matrix to the Metaverse”

speaker David Chalmers.

David Chalmers is a leading philosopher of consciousness and philosophy of the mind. He is Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science at New York University. He is the Co-Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Consciousness. He is also Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University and Co-Director of the PhilPapers Foundation. He studies the foundations of cognitive science, physics, and technology, as well as philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology, and many other areas.

He will discuss his new book, Reality+, which focuses on the philosophical implications of virtual and augmented reality. He argues that virtual worlds are not second-class worlds and that we can live a meaningful life in virtual reality.

The Voices of XR speaker series  is made possible by Kathy McMorran Murray and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) program as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in the Science, Technology, and Applications of Augmented and Virtual Reality at the University of Rochester (#1922591).

Where: In person in Studio X & Virtual on Zoom
When: Wednesday, April 6th from 12 to 1pm EST
Register: bit.ly/VoXRDavidChalmers

Recording

Event recording available for UR faculty, students, and staff with NetID and password: bit.ly/XRDavidChalmers


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Voices of XR is a Studio X speaker series. Speakers are scholars, artists, and extended reality professionals who discuss their work with immersive technologies across disciplines and industries. All talks are free and open to the general public.

Voices of XR: Muhsinah Morris

speaker Muhsinah Morris, Ph.D.

VR Pioneer in the Higher Education Metaverse

speaker Muhsinah Morris, Ph.D.

Muhsinah L. Holmes Morris, Ph.D., is the Director of “Morehouse in the Metaverse,” a VR Project at Morehouse College and Assistant Professor of Education for the Morehouse Center for Excellence in Education (ECEE). She is an alumna of Clark Atlanta University (BS) and Emory University (MS, PhD). She teaches her chemistry courses in VR on Morehouse’s digital twin campus created by VictoryXR on the Engage Platform.

Her research encompasses working in the Morehouse Makerspace Exploration Center, 3D Printing Specialized Laboratory Equipment for those with Autism and other Developmental Disorders. She is the PI of the Morris Research and Innovation Group, where they research and develop technologically innovative solutions for those with autism. Dr. Morris won the 2021 Vulcan Teaching Award of Excellence and launched her Advanced Inorganic Chemistry course in virtual reality in the spring of 2021 in the digital twin campus. She is a pioneer in this space as the chemistry content in VR is limited to non-existent. Wife to a gamer and mom to five sons, she is an inventive autism mom, a volunteer advocacy ambassador, National Community Advisory Council member, and grant review committee member for Autism Speaks. Her purpose in life is to create inclusivity in STEAAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, agriculture, and math). She believes that VR provides a pathway for creating that inclusion through immersive education, vocational rehabilitation services, and therapeutic experiences.

The Voices of XR speaker series  is made possible by Kathy McMorran Murray and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) program as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in the Science, Technology, and Applications of Augmented and Virtual Reality at the University of Rochester (#1922591).

Where: In person in Studio X & Virtual on Zoom
When: Friday, March 25th from 1 to 2pm EST
Register: bit.ly/VoXRMuhsinahMorris

Recording


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Voices of XR is a Studio X speaker series. Speakers are scholars, artists, and extended reality professionals who discuss their work with immersive technologies across disciplines and industries. All talks are free and open to the general public.

From Reality to Virtual: An Introduction to Photogrammetry

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In one intensive six-hour session, students will learn how to create digital 3D models of buildings, rooms, and/or objects using DLSR cameras and Agisoft Metashape software.

  • Module 1 covers principals of photogrammetry recording and data capture in the field.
  • Module 2 familiarizes students with the Metashape workflow and optimization techniques for photo/model processing.
  • Module 3 discusses how to export the models you make and use them for 3D printing, as video game assets, and for public sharing.

Note: Attendees must bring their own SD cards.

Instructor: Professor Mike Jarvis
Where: Studio X, Carlson Library First Floor and off-site locations (likely Mt. Hope Cemetery)
When: Sunday, 3/20 from 12:30 to 6:30pm
Register: bit.ly/learnphotogrammetry

Voices of XR: Kavya Pearlman

speaker Kavya Pearlman.

Who Owns Our (Virtual) Identities?: XR, Data, Privacy, & Safety

speaker Kavya Pearlman.

Well known as the “Cyber Guardian,” founder & CEO of the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI), Kavya Pearlman is an award-winning cybersecurity professional with a deep interest in immersive and emerging technologies. Kavya is a pioneer of the novel XRSI Privacy Framework for the Immersive Technologies and Spatial Computing Domain, security awareness in the metaverse, and various baseline security and privacy standards for XR. She has been named one of the top cybersecurity influencers for three consecutive years, 2018-2019-2020, by IFSEC Global. 

Kavya has previously advised Facebook on third-party security risks during the 2016 US presidential elections and worked as the head of security for the oldest virtual world, “Second Life” by Linden Lab. Kavya is the leading voice in cybersecurity, privacy, and ethics for emerging technologies including AR, VR, XR, exploring cross-sections of 5G, AI, and BCI – leading standards development and promoting diversity and inclusion in the immersive technologies.  Kavya is one of the Top 50 speakers in the cybersecurity industry and constantly shares knowledge via webinars, conference talks, and blog posts around application security, cloud-native technologies, machine learning, and the global challenges that come along with the next iteration of the internet, the metaverse and web 3.0. 

Kavya has founded The CyberXR Coalition that now focuses on diversity and inclusion and the cross-section of cybersecurity and XR, helped launch a trustworthy XR news platform, ReadyHackerOne, established a Medical XR Advisory Council and Metaverse Reality Check (The MRC).

The Voices of XR speaker series  is made possible by Kathy McMorran Murray and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) program as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in the Science, Technology, and Applications of Augmented and Virtual Reality at the University of Rochester (#1922591).

Where: Studio X & Zoom
When: Friday, March 18th from 1 to 2pm EST
Register: bit.ly/VoXRKavyaPearlman

Speaker slides


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Voices of XR is a Studio X speaker series. Speakers are scholars, artists, and extended reality professionals who discuss their work with immersive technologies across disciplines and industries. All talks are free and open to the general public.

Voices of XR: Nathalie Mathe

speaker Nathalie Matte.

Virtual Reality Creator & Educator

speaker Nathalie Matte.

Nathalie Mathe is a pioneer virtual reality (VR) creator and a globally recognized consultant, educator, and public speaker. A former NASA AI scientist and visual effects artist, she combines her artistic passion with a solid scientific and technical background to explore new frontiers in VR storytelling and embodiment. She is the founder of NativeVR, an independent VR studio in California, where she focuses on creating immersive experiences with a transformative and social impact, generating a more diverse and equitable future.

Her original interactive VR film UTURN, a comedy raising awareness on the gender gap in the tech industry, was nominated for best interactive experience at the Raindance and FIVARS festivals and screened at a dozen international film festivals. Her latest VR project Wallada explores themes of trauma and healing through poetry, calligraphy, and volumetric video.

She has contributed to dozens of VR projects as director or post-prod supervisor for JauntVR, Condition One, Google, Facebook, and World Vision, and created visual effects for feature films like Fast & Furious 6, Skyfall and Dark Knight Rises. She is also a public speaker and has taught VR at Drexel University and University of the Arts.

In this talk, she will describe her work creating VR projects with a transformative and social impact, and how she experimented with teaching VR remotely during the pandemic.

The Voices of XR speaker series  is made possible by Kathy McMorran Murray and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) program as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in the Science, Technology, and Applications of Augmented and Virtual Reality at the University of Rochester (#1922591).

Where: Zoom
When: Friday, March 4th from 1 to 2pm EST
Register: bit.ly/VoXRNathalieMatte

Recording


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Voices of XR is a Studio X speaker series. Speakers are scholars, artists, and extended reality professionals who discuss their work with immersive technologies across disciplines and industries. All talks are free and open to the general public.

Intro to XR

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AR? VR? MR? What now? Want to learn more about immersive technologies or extended reality (XR) but don’t know where to start? This workshop will demystify these technologies, explain their history, and demonstrate use cases across disciplines all while showing you the newest applications in a fun-hands-on experience for any level of expertise!

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Join Studio X, UR’s hub for immersive technologies, and learn more about the digital world of extended reality (XR). All levels welcome. No experience necessary!

Instructor: Ayiana Crabtree & Waleed Nadeem
Where: Learning Hub, Studio X, First Floor Carlson Library
When: Wednesday, February 23rd from 6 to 7:30pm
Register: https://libcal.lib.rochester.edu/event/8891500

Ain Center: Creative Collision Challenge

Registration is now open for the Creative Collision Challenge! This one-day competition brings together students from diverse backgrounds and programs to brainstorm solutions to social and cultural issues. Teams are guided by mentors and experts to devise an action plan, which is then presented to a panel of judges. Top teams earn cash prizes. The Challenge is open to all UR students from any school, program and class year. It will be held on Friday, February 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Studio X. Lunch will be provided. This year’s Challenge will tackle the future of work in relation to student services and technology solutions. Students will receive their team assignments and the problem statement the night before the Challenge.

Register online!

Questions about this year’s Challenge? Contact Ain Center for Entrepreneurship Program Manager, Heidi Mergenthaler at heidi.mergenthaler@rochester.edu.

Blender 101: Valentine’s Day Edition

Blender workshop promotional image. Shows three teddy bears with the text: "Blender 101: Valentine's Day Edition. Model a Teddy Bear."

Join us while we create cute and unique teddy bears for Valentine’s Day! This workshop focuses on asset creation with the 3D modeling software, Blender. This open-source and free software has become the industry standard over the last couple of years. Learn how to navigate its workspace, tools, and hotkeys and become familiar with one of the most popular platforms of the industry. You will create a low-polygon model using provided reference images. Your model can then potentially be used as avatars in other XR projects or 3D workspaces such as Unity.

Join Studio X, UR’s hub for immersive technologies, and learn more about the digital world of extended reality (XR). All levels welcome. No experience necessary!

Note: Workshop attendees must bring a laptop with Blender installed. Please download this ahead of time.

Instructor: Nefle Nesli Oruç & Koshala Mathuranayagam
Where: Learning Hub, Studio X, First Floor Carlson Library
When: Thursday, February 10th from 6 to 7:30pm
Register: tinyurl.com/blender-valentines

Reality+ Reading Group

promotional design for David J. Chalmers's book "Reality +". Includes a penguin random house logo in the corner.

David Chalmers, a leading philosopher of consciousness and philosophy of mind, will be giving a virtual talk on his forthcoming book about the philosophical implications of virtual and augmented reality as part of our Voices of XR Speaker Series. The talk will take place on Wednesday, April 6 from 12-1 with support from Kathy McMorran Murray (details TBA).

Students, faculty, and staff who are interested are invited to join a casual reading group to discuss Reality+ in advance of Professor Chalmers’ visit.

promotional design for David J. Chalmers's book "Reality +". Includes a penguin random house logo in the corner.

The group will meet biweekly from 12-1 on Fridays beginning Friday, February 4. If we are able to be on campus, the group will meet in Studio X and use a hybrid format for anyone who wishes to join on Zoom. Generous funding has been made available from the Humanities Center and River Campus Libraries to purchase copies of the book for reading group members. Thanks to Kate Phillips, Associate Professor in the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program for organizing this group. If you are interested in joining the reading group, please fill out this short form.

Voices of XR Speaker Series

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Join Studio X at the River Campus Libraries in conversation with invited scholars, artists, professionals, and more, who will discuss their work with immersive technologies across disciplines and industries. These events are virtual, free, and open to all members of the campus community and the general public. This series is made possible by Kathy McMorran Murray.

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Upcoming Talks

Voices of XR runs during the spring semester. Please check back for our 2023 lineup.

Recorded Talks