Science Salon w/ Professors Interranted & Keefe

May 16 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Walter Library, Room 402
Join the Minnesota Academy of Science to hear Drs. Vicki Interrante and Dan Keefe talk about the latest advances in virtual reality (VR) at the University of Minnesota campus!

Advancing Architectural Design with Immersive Virtual Reality
Dr. Victoria Interrante, Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
Virtual Reality technology has the potential to enable transformative advances in architectural design and evaluation by enabling people to experience a modeled structure from an interactive, first-person perspective before it is built.  However, many studies over the years have found that people tend to significantly underestimate egocentric distances in VR relative to the real world. In this talk, Dr. Interrante will summarize recent and historical research from her lab that attempts to clarify the mechanisms responsible for this problem and discuss solutions she and her research group have explored based on those insights.
Magic User Interfaces:  Virtual Reality for Art and Science
Dr. Daniel Keefe, Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
"Beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life" - this definition of magical from the Oxford English Dictionary appropriately describes the future of computing as fundamentally awe-inspiring, innovative, even other-worldly. Deeply immersive and interactive, the virtual environments of today and of the future are visually compelling and implement hands-on, data-aware user interfaces that are nothing short of magical. Dr. Keefe will discuss how he and his team collaborate with artists, scientists, engineers, doctors, and humanists from across the University of Minnesota to invent and creatively employ new computer tools, such as virtual simulation, to address challenging problems in data representation and understanding, digital design, virtual reality, and human-computer interaction.
Registration is free for Minnesota Academy of Science members.
The registration fee is $20 for non-members, $5 for students. 
Walter Library, Room 402
117 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
All attendees must register online.
If you plan to bring a guest, he/she must also register online.