Virtual Reality

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Virtual Reality

Saturday, April 15, 2017

11:05 am - 12:25pm

UC McConomy Auditorium

The virtual reality (VR) industries are at an early yet fantastically productive stage. Those technologies are capturing people’s attention and imagination, and quickly spreading across various industries. As we witness an expansion of VR applications, it is the time to sit down and reflect upon our achievement and limitations. To embrace the fast-developing industry, the sixth Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Summit opens up VR Panel as one of its major panels. We aim to offer participants insights on the cutting-edge issues in VR industries, study the current limitations, and discuss future developments of the industries. 


  • Current Developments in VR

  • Marketing opportunities in VR

  • Application of Computer Vision in VR

  • Emerging Industries in VR


Regis Kopper

Director, Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE)

Dr. Regis Kopper is assistant research professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University and the director of the Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE). Dr. Kopper has experience in the design and evaluation of virtual reality systems in the areas of interaction design and modeling, virtual human interaction and in the evaluation of the benefits of immersive systems. At Duke, Dr. Kopper investigates how immersive virtual reality technology and experiences can benefit different domain areas, such as archeology, health care, engineering, psychology and neuroscience. His research interests include 3D user interfaces, novel interaction techniques and immersive display systems. Dr. Kopper is a recipient of the best paper award in the IEEE Symposium in 3D User Interfaces and was a member of the first team to be awarded the IEEE 3D User Interfaces Grand Prize. His research has been funded by the DoD, NSF and NIH. Dr. Kopper received his B.A. and M.S. in Computer Science from the Pontifical Catholic University in Porto Alegre, Brazil and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Allen Yang

Executive Director, Center for Augmented Cognition-University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Allen Y. Yang is the Executive Director of Center for Augmented Cognition and Chief Scientist of the Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership at UC Berkeley. He also serves as Co-Founder and CTO of Grafty, Inc, and Chief Scientist of Immerex, Inc. Previously he served as the CTO and Acting COO of Atheer, Inc.

His primary research areas include high-dimensional pattern recognition, computer vision, image processing, and applications in motion segmentation, image segmentation, face recognition, and sensor networks. He has published four books/chapters, 15 journal papers and more than 30 conference papers. He is also an inventor of 12 US patents/applications.

Allen received his BEng degree in Computer Science from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2001. From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), he received two MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2006. Among the awards he received are a Best Bachelor's Thesis Award from USTC in 2001, a Henry Ford II Scholar Award from UIUC in 2003, a Best Paper Award from the International Society of Information Fusion and a Best Student Paper Award from Asian Conference on Computer Vision in 2009. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Marcy Boyle

Co-founder, HotBit VR

Marcy Boyle is a co-founder of Hot Bit VR, an upcoming platform for comedy, stunts, games and art in virtual reality. A dual citizen of Ireland and the US, Marcy graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University. She was chosen by Oculus for their Launch Pad, a highly selective program for leaders in virtual reality content creation. Hot Bit VR has been featured in Entrepreneur, Fox News, and listed as one of the “30 Best Virtual Reality Companies to Change Your World Soon.”  She and her co-founder’s 360 experiences have been featured on SamsungVR, in art galleries, universities, conferences, and festivals including FIVARS in Toronto and VRUK in London. Hot Bit VR was one of four companies picked to participate in the VR/AR focused accelerator at the Green Screen Institute. Prior to working in VR, she co-directed the feature film, NOBODY CAN COOL (2013), a graphic novel influenced thriller, which was released domestically and internationally.  Marcy is a member of Alliance of Women Directors, Women in VR, and International Game Developers Association, where she is on the board for the virtual reality SIG.

Tim Merel

Founder/CEO Eyetouch Reality and Digi-Capital

Tim Merel is Founder/CEO of Eyetouch Reality (next-generation visual messaging for mobile/mobile AR) and Digi-Capital (VR/AR M&A advisor). Tim is a software engineer, investment banker and lawyer, and has written extensively for TechCrunch on VR/AR and mobile. He is extremely well connected across the VR/AR, mobile and games industries in America, Asia and Europe. Tim attended both Yale and Sydney Universities.