SMARTlab and partners at the IDRCs of Ireland and Canada, VR First, HTC Vive, the UN, and the World Economic Forum gather at DAVOS to agree roles and thematics for the INCLUDE Project and VR lab network and the Future of Education and Women’s Leadership, in conversation with the  HTC Vive VR/AR for Impact programme and SAP Network’s SHEInnovates Programme.

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SMARTlab-IDRC is pleased to announce the award of Regional Development Funding to partner IMR in collaboration with SMARTab-IDRC and collaborators VR First, Microsoft, An Saol, Social Justice Repair Kit, Perrenial, Strive, VR Therapeutics et al.

Enterprise Ireland match funds will support the development of a cutting-edge VR/AR training lab at the IMR facility in Mullingar, and will fund crucial research into the uses of assistive tech and VR/AR and robotics to support digital skills training and jobs creation for People with Disabilities and ALL members of our rural communities.


Pictured at the launch event on Monday 11 December are: Barry Kennedy, CEO IMR; Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, Minister Heather Humphreys, Business, Enterprise and Innovation; Prof Lizbeth Goodman, Director SMARTlab-IDRC at UCD; Talha Kiraz, Public Relations Manager, VR First.


Pictured at the INCLUDE Project Stakeholder meeting at UCD Research on Wednesday 13 December are: Barry Kennedy, CEO IMR; Talha Kiiraz, Public Relations Manager Vr First, Prof Lizbeth Goodman, Director SMARTlab-IDRC at UCD; Mr John Barry, UCD DIrector of Strategic Partnerships, Rahel Demant, COO VR First, Dr Kevin Marshall, Education Lead Microsoft, Prof Denis Dowling, I-FORM PI, UCD MME.

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Rick Nassar’s interview with the amazing Jacki Morie on the future of VR, her experience with DOOB and High Fidelity VR, the VSMM conference, and the Multimillion euro global expansion initiative to role out VR labs around the world! Plus the huge job ops in VR development.

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The 23rd Int’l Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia will be held October 30th – November 2nd 2017 in Ireland at University College Dublin, with Special Workshops and Cultural Tours on November 3rd – 5th in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

VSMM2017 will explore ground-breaking applications of new media, VR, sensing, and imaging in creative societies. Some 30 years after the dawn of VR, with a new boom in virtual devices, products and applications, it is an apt moment to look “Back to the Future” and examine the potentials and pitfalls of VR, AR and 3D technologies. With virtual and 3D technology entering health to tourism, games to manufacturing, and art to entertainment, deep issues and questions arise.

The Conference will bring together researchers and academics, creative industry professionals and technologists, futurists and students to explore where virtual and 3D technologies have been and are taking us. Experts in the arts and culture, heritage and museums, design and engineering, architecture and planning, health and inclusion, and computing and digital systems are invited to gather to present, discuss, debate and learn.

VSMM2017 is hosted by: SMARTlab – The Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland & the College of Engineering & Architecture at University College Dublin

In association with: the ACM Distinguished Speakers Series

With support from: Creative Ireland, VR First and All These Worlds

And with regional activities: hosted in Belfast, Northern Ireland by Ulster University, & the University of Nottingham Ningbo China’s NVIDIA Joint-Lab on Mixed Reality

Best papers to be invited to a Special Issue of the Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments journal (http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/pres) around the theme of Digital Realities / Digital Materialisation

Conference Website: http://www.vsmm.org

Submit here: http://vsmm.org/for-submitters/paper-submission-2/

VSMM 2017 Organising Committee

(Original post by Eugene Ch’nghttps://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cfp-vsmm2017-international-conference-extended-abstract-eugene-ch-ng)

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