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Mon May 21 21:09:25 CDT 2001


> 5 June 2001, 3pm in Spanagel-221
> Carolina Cruz-Neira
> Associate Professor
> Electrical and Computer Engineering
> Associate Director
> Virtual Reality Applications Center
> Iowa State University
> In the early 1990s, the graphics community widely acknowledged the promise and
> potential of large-scale projection immersive environments. We know now that
> immersive virtual reality systems comprise not only a novel display
> environment. They demand a new paradigm for interaction with information and
> with our colleagues and audiences in research, production, and entertainment
> situations. We envisioned myriad opportunities to use VR to transform the ways
> in which we visualize and interact with complex information. Since 1995, the
> number of immersive display facilities has grown at a fast pace. In 1999
> alone, some 200 new installations were set up world-wide. These installations
> can be found in academic, research, industrial, and public sites all around
> the world. Applications include engineering design, medical training,
> architectural walk-throughs, military simulations, entertainment rides and
> remote meetings.
> We have yet to reach VR nirvana, however. A significant challenge faces the
> organization that builds an immersive display facility. While the hardware
> technologies have evolved, and the business infrastructure has emerged, there
> is not a single integrated set of commercial or research tools to effectively
> and elegantly design, build and run virtual environments. There is also no
> much information about what it is needed to develop a successful virtual
> reality facility, integrate it with on-going projects, and transfer the
> results into a working environment.
> This presentation will cover over 10 years of experience in making virtual
> reality a working tool for research and industrial groups. It will focus on
> the process of creating the supporting infrastructure and strategies for
> successful technology transfer to collaborators and partners. The talk will
> also present the challenges faced in building a self-supported
> multidisciplinaryVR facility and keeping it current with the changes and
> advances in VR technology.
> Bio
> Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira is a Litton Associate Professor in the Electrical and
> Computer Engineering Department and the Associate Director of the Virtual
> Reality Applications Center, both at Iowa State University. She is the
> recipient of the Iowa State University Foundation 2000 Award for Early
> Achievement in Research and in 1997 she was featured by BusinessWeek magazine
> as a "rising research star" in the new generation of computer science
> pioneers.
> She is currently involved in a variety of projects in the field of virtual
> reality. Her group has developed VR Juggler (http://www.vrjuggler.org) an
> operating environment for the development and execution of immersive
> applications, and Octopus, a network environment to support collaborative VR
> Juggler applications. She is also working on the integration of wearable
> interfaces in virtual worlds, human factors evaluation of virtual worlds, and
> designing hardware to improve VR technology.
> Dr. Cruz-Neira was the developer of the CAVE virtual reality theater,
> designing the system physical configuration, hardware and software. She holds
> the CAVE record of invention together with Thomas A. DeFanti, and Daniel J.
> Sandin. She has done extensive research in the applicability of CAVE
> technology to science, engineering and art. She is the co-founder with Oliver
> Riedel, of the Immersive Projection Technology Workshops, the premier forum
> for the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-art technologies and
> applications of projection-based displays. She has also organized numerous
> courses and panels at ACM SIGGRAPH and IEEE VR.
> Dr. Cruz obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
> (EECS) from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of
> Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 1995. Her PhD research involved the design and
> implementation of the CAVE and the development of paradigms to integrate the
> CAVE in computational science and engineering applications. She received her
> Master's degree in EECS at EVL at UIC and graduate Cum Laude in Systems
> Engineering at the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela.
> Directions to Spanagel Hall are here
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> The MOVES Institute web site is here <http://movesinstitute.org> .
> The MOVES Institute Open House is 28 - 30 August 2001 at the Naval
> Postgraduate School in Monterey.
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