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OCAD University and VRTO are propelling the technological revolution

Virtual reality and augmented reality are revolutionizing the way we engage with media, transporting us to new worlds and layering digital information over our real environments. 

OCAD University is hosting researchers and designers at the cutting edge of technological discovery at VRTO: The Spatial Media World Conference, a two-day event that includes a symposium, workshops and exhibitions that showcase the latest in virtual production, live VR theatre performance and hyperreality.  

Several OCAD U community members are presenting their artworks and research on July 20 and 21, expanding the field of technologies that are defining the future of the entertainment, television and film, arts, performance, design and communications industries.  

Assistant Professor Dr. Alexis Morris presented the event’s opening keynote address titled, Welcoming a Hyper-connected Metaverse: Avatars, Agents, and Adaptive AI Assistants, as an extension of his research as the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the Internet of Things and Director of the Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab at OCAD University. 

Specifically, Dr. Morris examines the metaverse in his work. The successor to the mobile internet, the metaverse is made up of digital spaces, including immersive 3D experiences that are interconnected so users can easily move between them. In the future users will be able to access the metaverse from various devices, including VR headsets and the AR glasses that Dr. Morris’s research is helping to make possible.  

"The metaverse is a rapidly-advancing emerging technology eco-system with a complexity of parts, and a fluidly evolving techno-identity. Understanding how this set of technologies has already become intertwined in our everyday lives and how it will be even more so in the coming decade will be essential to how we, as a society, navigate the change that will be brought with it,” reads the description of Dr. Morris’ presentation.  
 
This year, VRTO also features a talk by OCAD U instructor and artist Tobias Williams as well as projects in the Exhibitor’s Hall, located at 100 McCaul St. by several University community members and students. 

On view as part of the exhibition is current Digital Futures graduate student Aaditya Vaze's AR app Things, that enables users to learn a new language in real time. Using a pair of smart glasses Vaze will demonstrate to visitors how the app enables them to look at any object around them, see what that object is called in the target language and hear how it is pronounced. The app currently supports multiple languages including French, Italian and Japanese and allows the users to switch between languages by tapping on the glasses.   
 
Fourth year Digital Futures undergraduate student Ryan Boyd will be showcasing his project Altar of Pandora, a VR sculpture of a monument to Pandora, a figure in Greek mythology. Viewers can experience the sculpture through a virtual reality headset.   

Jie Guan, who graduated from OCAD U’s Drawing and Painting program, with a specialization in Digital Painting and Expanded Animation in 2020 and James Lai are also showing works in the Exhibitor’s Hall. 

Students interested in attending the VRTO event can contact Manager, Special Projects & Advisor to the President, Bobby Hrehoruk (bhrehoruk@ocadu.ca) for a complimentary pass. 

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VRTO: The Spatial Media World Conference is taking place on July 20 & 21 and will showcase revolutionary AR and VR technologies.
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Dr. Alexis Morris and his team at Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab receives grant from Meta's Reality Labs Research

Assistant Professor Dr. Alexis Morris is revolutionizing the way we interact with information, each other and the world by developing cutting-edge technologies in the fields of augmented and virtual reality.  

As the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the Internet of Things and Director of the Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab at OCAD University, Dr. Morris leads a team of students, local researchers and collaborators to design mixed reality human-computer interfaces and now his research has received a boost from Meta’s Reality Labs Research

Dr. Morris’s ACE Lab is among 17 Canadian research labs each receiving $30,000 of unrestricted funding from Reality Labs. This type of financial contribution provides autonomy and flexibility for labs to pursue their investigations. Once published, their research will be publicly accessible and will drive innovation specifically in the area of the metaverse.  

"I am thrilled that Meta’s Reality Labs Research has generously supported our Adaptive Context Environments Lab research. This is a validation of our core directions in mixed reality,” comments Dr. Morris. 

Making the metaverse a reality will take several major technological breakthroughs. Canadian researchers are already building new technologies for this next digital frontier using industry-leading human computer interaction (HCI) and artificial intelligence (AI). By their side is Dr. Morris, who is shaping how users will interact in these digital spaces by building on his training as a computer scientist. 

“This support gives us resources to further our mission to advance designs that transform, enhance and uplift the human-experience of living in the everyday metaverse eco-system that is about to unfold before our very eyes," he continues.  

The successor to the mobile internet, the metaverse will be made up of digital spaces, including immersive 3D experiences that are interconnected so users can easily move between them. It is believed that the metaverse has the potential to introduce new creative, social and economic opportunities to users across the globe. It’s hoped that in the future, users will be able to access the metaverse from various devices, including VR headsets and the AR glasses that Dr. Morris’s research is helping to make possible. 

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Dr. Alexis Morris, Director of OCAD U’s ACE Lab builds the internet's future with funding from Reality Research Labs.
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