Virtual Reality Summit

Experience virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 video, and more. Consult with campus innovators about teaching and research applications.

Join us for demonstrations of projects, and a lunchtime panel discussion. 

Participating demonstrations include:

College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, and New Building Materials, Lucas Guthrie, Omar Youseff
The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) is the nation's leader in sustainable design and planning for extreme climates. We leverage our surroundings to reshape the built environment in the most sustainable way possible. In order to do so we take careful consideration of the history of place while integrating the best technologies available on the market.

Systems & Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering

A Virtual Factory for Manufacturing Courses, Young Jun Son
In this VR demo, you will be in the middle of a modern manufacturing factory, and observe operations of various equipment, such as CNC machines, robots, automatically-guided vehicles, overhead crane, among others. This demo will be used for students in the manufacturing courses at UA. Before they come to manufacturing labs, they will be already familiar with the equipment that will be covered in the labs.

BrainGainz, Ricardo Valerdi
A VR app aimed at improving concussion education.

College of Humanities

Ken McAllister

Virtual Harlem, Motion Capture, Bryan Carter

College of Optical Sciences

Volume Holographic Optical Element (VHOE) Lens, Lloyd LaComb
Many applications in Augmented Reality (AR) require lenses that combine computer generated imagery with a view of the outside world.  The College of Optical Sciences team will demonstrate a proof-of-concept reflection Volume Holographic Optical Element (VHOE) lens with minimal chromatic aberration. Recent work has shown that both achromatic and spherical aberration of such a lens is minimized when the diffraction angle of the reconstructed beam is equal to reflection angle of the readout beam from the hologram surface. We will demonstrate two versions of the lens.  One will present a magnified image of a cell phone screen display at a distance of approximately 8m to minimize eye strain.  We will also present a prototype waveguided holographic lens system that can be used in near-to-eye glasses or helmet mounted displays.

School of Art

3D Modeling, Joe Farbrook

Department of Journalism

360 Video, Mike McKisson

Tech.Global, Office of Global Initiatives

Working with 360, Mobile and In-browser 360 Applications, Ash Black
What is ‘360’ and how is it different from VR and AR?  What is it good for, and how difficult it is it to produce? Tech.Global will share our techniques for rapidly capturing and publishing 360 content in-browser and showcase our Campus 360 application.  We’ve got code that can quickly result in a 360 experience on your Website, and we’re happy to share it with you.  We’ve even integrated with Drupal, so stop on by!

Learning to Code in VR, a Workstation Demo, Ash Black
Is VR development easy? No! But you CAN get your feet wet a lot faster than you might imagine.  Drop on by our ‘Coding in VR with Unity’ demo booth and if you’ve got the time, settle in for a self-paced tutorial experience that will really help you understand how programming is achieved in Unity for Virtual Reality applications.  You’ll be following a standard YouTube 3D modelling tutorial, but with some help from our crew. At the end, we will show you the magic trick of integrating an in-game camera to produce a home-grown VR experience.  The application you will have no practical use, but the context you’ll gain in about an hour of effort is invaluable.  Come on by and code!

UA Libraries

VR Studio and iSpace, Anthony Sanchez

University Information Technology Services

Mike Bruck
Cynthia Hart
Chris Deer

Archaeology Southwest, Arizona State Museum

Chronological VR, Doug Gann

Looking Glass

VR and 360 video
We will be demonstrating fully immersive wireless enterprise VR. Our demos will include architect renderings and entertainment based experiences. These demos will include allowing multiple users in the experience at the same time. 

Taqtile Applications for Mixed Reality, VR, and Mobile
US Defense Intelligence Agency

John Grant


VR Athletic Training Apps, Rodrigo Savage
The Intero Virtual Reality project is aimed at intertwining VR and athletics. The project began when former rower, Rodrigo Savage noticed that VR could enhance athletic performance, motivation, and stimulation on athletic machines. Rodrigo has worked with Neuroscience undergrad, Becca Rogers, to develop a VR rowing app which pairs up with athletic machines, as well as a VR headset built specifically for athletes. Rodrigo and Rebecca have also been researching and developing an EEG VR headset which allows for virtual reality interaction using brain waves. They have participated in the UA Game Jam, AZ Hackathon, Startup Weekend, Innovate UA Accelerator, Jalisco Campus Party, and are now developing their virtual reality ideas in the Thryve Incubator. 

MMT Observatory, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory

The MMT Observatory on Mt. Hopkins: VR Tour of the Summit (in a Genie-Lift!), Dallan Porter

Would you like to experience the summit of Mt. Hopkins at 8500 feet and see the 6.5-meter MMT telescope up close? We’re going to take you for an interactive ride around the summit in a 100-foot high Genie-Lift and give you a bird's-eye view of the enormous amount of work involved in re-coating the giant primary mirror with aluminum. The MMT is a 6.5-meter telescope, a joint venture of The Smithsonian Institution and The University of Arizona, located on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in the Santa Rita mountain range south of Tucson.

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Presented by University Libraries, University Information Technology Services, Defense & Security Research Institute, Research Discovery and Innovation, and Academy for Defense Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency.

August 4, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
August 7, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm