Presentation: Real World Virtual Reality

Track: Modern CS in the Real World

Location: Plymouth - Royale, 6th fl.

Duration: 2:55pm - 3:45pm

Day of week: Wednesday

Level: Intermediate

Persona: Developer


Virtual reality has been all the rage of late. With a myriad new devices and everyone talking about it, it’s easy to get lost in the hype cycle… but how much has VR made it into the real world? Having reached more than a million students, Google Expeditions is at the forefront of bringing VR to the classroom. Though education presents a world of possibilities, it also brings a plethora of challenges. This talk will explore Google Expeditions as a case study in building meaningful VR applications. Specifically, we will discuss both the role of zero configuration networking in the classroom and how the algorithms of Google's JUMP technologically hallucinate three dimensional photographs of the world around us.

Speaker: Alex Kesling

VR Engineer @Google

Alex is a Virtual Reality Engineer at Google focused on improving the lives of students everywhere through next-generation technologies. From working on designing Knowledge Graph infrastructure, to Android VR development, he has done a little bit of everything in his tenure at Google. Alex is currently exploring the next generation of VR tools to support educators.

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