The multiple uses of virtual reality in business 60 Minutes DVD:$ 50.00 Buy Now
- A historical perspective of virtual reality
- Current state of the VR and technology landscape: pros & cons
- Individual vs social virtual reality
- Virtual reality in gaming and entertainment vs virtual reality as a tool of the trade
- Virtual reality pitfalls to be aware of
- Case examples of industrial applications
- Lessons learned introducing VR in industry
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Speaker Profile: Carolina Cruz-Neira (Donaghey Professor and the Director of the Emerging Analytics Centre at the University of Arkansas )
Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira is a pioneer in the areas of virtual reality and interactive visualization, having created and deployed a variety of technologies that have become standard tools in industry, government and academia. She is known world-wide for being the creator of the CAVE virtual reality system, which was her PhD work, and for VR Juggler, an open source VR application development environment. She has received multi-million dollar awards from the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Lab, the Department of Energy, Deere and Company, and others. She is recognized for having founded and led very successful virtual reality research centres: the Virtual Reality Applications Centre at Iowa State University, the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) and now the Emerging Analytics Centre. She has dedicated a part of her career to transfer research results in virtual reality into daily use in industry and research organizations and to lead entrepreneurial initiatives to commercialize results of her VR research; as part of her entrepreneurial career she has held industry executive positions: VP of strategic development of Glass House Studio, VP of business development for Infiscape corp (acquired in 2007 by Priority 5), and CEO of LITE. She serves in many international technology boards, government technology advisory committees, and outside the lab,. She has been named one of the top innovators in virtual reality and one of the top three greatest women visionaries. BusinessWeek magazine identified her as a “rising research star” in the next generation of computer science pioneers; she has been inducted as an ACM Computer Pioneer, received the IEEE Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award and the Distinguished Career Award from the International Digital Media & Arts Society.
Currently, Dr. Cruz is the Donaghey Professor and the Director of the Emerging Analytics Centre at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an Arkansas Research Scholar through the Arkansas Research Alliance.