Virtual Worlds Created By and Covered in Data – Emerging Areas for Data Research in Augmented and Virtual Reality
Thursday, May 5, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
About the Event
While the development of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies were originally computer science topics, in the past decade their public availability and adoption is beginning 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,’ where a whole VR environment could be generated using AI through simple voice commands. Other projects Meta recently announced are about real-time universal language 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 Information Logistics and Technology and the Founding Director of the CougAR lab, which explores how augmented and virtual reality technologies could affect society now and in the future.His research has been published in academic outlets such as Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, New Media & Society, Information, Communication, & Society, Social Media & Society and Science.