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17:00 - 19:00 14 June 2017

Anthony Steed Inaugural Lecture: How Virtual Reality Works


Roberts 106LT | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Anthony Steed, Professor of Virtual Environments & Graph, UCL, Professor Anthony Steed is Head of the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics (VECG) Research Group at UCL, and Deputy Head of Department of Computer Science having previously been Director of the Engineering Doctorate Centre in Virtual Environment, Imaging and Visualisation from 2005- 2013 and again since 2014. Professor Steed's research interests extend from immersive virtual reality systems, through to mobile mixed-reality systems, and from system development through to measures of user response to virtual content. He has published over 200 papers in the area, and is the main author of the book “Networked Graphics: Building Networked Graphics and Networked Games”. He was the recipient of the IEEE VGTC’s 2016 Virtual Reality Technical

The first demonstrations of immersive virtual reality systems occurred in the 1960s. In the 1990s there was a first wave of public interest in the technology. That interest ebbed away but left a number of academic labs and industries that started to research the systems that underpinned virtual reality and the impact that virtual reality was having on users. Recently, virtual reality is a hot topic again, with very significant investment from the likes of Google, Facebook, HTC, Microsoft and Sony. In this talk, I will explain the core ideas of virtual reality. I will use a variety of engineering prototypes and experiments from our work here at UCL to explain what was fascinating about virtual reality in the 1990s, why it is becoming popular again now, and what challenges virtual reality presents to computer science.


Steve Marchant
+44 (0)207 679 3675 | stephen.marchant@ucl.ac.uk


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