Worlds created by and covered by data – Emerging areas for data research in augmented and virtual reality

Thursday, May 5, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

About the event

While the development of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies were originally topics of computing, over the past decade their public availability and adoption have begun to raise issues that intersect with data science, human-computer interaction, psychology, media studies. , artificial intelligence, communication and data ethics. Mark Zuckerberg recently demonstrated a tool called “Builder Bot”, in which an entire VR environment can be generated using AI via simple voice commands. Other projects recently announced by Meta relate to real-time universal translation in virtual worlds, as well as autonomous virtual reality agents that interact with people in these spaces.

About the speaker

Tony Liao (Ph.D., Cornell University) is an associate professor in the Department of Logistics and Information Technology and founding director of the CougAR Lab, which explores how augmented and virtual reality technologies could affect current and future society. the research has been published in academic publications such as Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, New Media & Society, Information, Communication, & Society, Social Media & Society and Science.