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Friday, May 20 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Human-Centered Smart Environments: How Close Can We Get to the Holodeck?

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Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) brings together artists, designers, engineers, and scientists to create entirely new ways of interacting with the world around us.
In this presentation, you will see and hear where the cutting edge of technology, from on-body sensing to massive immersive environments, is taking our senses as we enter the age of human-centered smart environments.
The flagship of the institute is a four story “Cube” with 24 motion capture cameras and 150 speakers to enable anyone to walk through the FutureHaus, experience what it is like to be in a tornado, listen to what it sounds like to be on the football field during a college game, or explore “Big Data” in entirely new ways. Artists create sculptures to visualize parallel computing and create environments to experience the coastal estuaries of North Carolina without getting sandy. ICAT’s scientists study the emotional changes as we walk through immersive environments exploring the question, “How close can we really get to the Holodeck?”

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avatar for R. Benjamin Knapp (Virginia Tech ICAT)

R. Benjamin Knapp (Virginia Tech ICAT)

R. Benjamin Knapp is the Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both... Read More →



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