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Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:30pm to 3:30pm
This week, we welcome Dr. Andrea Stevenson Won, Assistant Professor from the Cornell Department of Communication.
"Collaborations in Virtual Spaces"
Abstract: Virtual reality replaces sensory information with the real world with mediated content. This allows us to have experiences that feel real, and that share common features with face to face interactions. Such affordances include the ability to assess other people's nonverbal behavior, and to jointly experience three-dimensional objects. In this talk I describe some of the behaviors and content that can be tracked and rendered in virtual reality, and how they can aid in collaborative interactions. I also discuss how we can compare the effects of virtual reality to those that occur when using other media. What resources are available to allow the broader use of virtual reality as a research tool, and the more widespread use of virtual reality as a medium?
Bio: Dr. Stevenson Won directs the Virtual Embodiment Lab. The lab's research focuses on how mediated experiences change people’s perceptions, especially in immersive media. Research areas include the clinical applications of virtual reality, and how nonverbal behavior as rendered in virtual environments affects collaboration and teamwork. Andrea Stevenson Won completed her PhD in the Virtual Human Interaction Lab in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. She also holds an MS in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.