Virtual Reality Creator & Educator
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).
When: Friday, March 4th from 1 to 2pm EST
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.