Virtual reality symposium to feature tech experts

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Experts in education, health, defense, computing and energy industries will discuss how they are using virtual reality technology during Colorado State University’s first Virtual Reality Symposium. It will take place Friday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in Lory Student Center Ballroom A.

View the agenda here.

Keynote speakers:  

William Warren – VP and Head of Innovation Programs and Networks at Sanofi Pasteur

Warren is the vice president of Sanofi Pasteur, a company that works with artificial intelligence as well as other sciences to advance vaccine development. Currently, the company is developing a Modular Immune In vitro Construct (MIMIC) system, which will allow testing of vaccines on a surrogate human immune system in a more accurate way.

Kenny Gruchalla – Computational Science Center Lead of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Gruchalla is the lead for visualization efforts in the Computational Science Center at NREL. Gruchalla has more than 15 years experiences into different science disciplines including aerospace, molecular biology and environmental engineering. He has multiple publications in such topics as aerodynamics and biomolecules and is a CU Boulder alumnus with a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in computer sciences.

‘Lightning talks:’

Winifred E. Newman – Head of Department of Architecture at Fay Jones School of Architecture, University of Arkansas

Newman leads the Department of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. She has also been an associate professor and director of Advanced Studies at Florida International University, where she led a team of faculty members to design and develop a virtual reality system on campus called the I-CAVE (Integrated – Computer Augmented Virtual Environment.)

Adam Russell – Program Manager at DARPA

Russell, who serves in the Defense Sciences Office (DSO), focuses on experimental platforms and tools for discovery in the areas of social science, behavioral science and human performance. He has technical backgrounds in cognitive neuroscience and physiology as well as cultural psychology and social anthropology. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) focuses on emerging technologies to be used by the military and is part of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Paul Martin – Distinguished Technologist for Hewlett-Packard

Paul Martin works for Hewlett-Packard (HP) and is a current gold sponsor of the CSU Hackathon set for Oct. 21-23. HP is an information technology company and has developed many hardware and software components for customers ranging from individual clients to large enterprises and the government.

Panel moderator:

Alan Rudolph – Vice President for Research at CSU and Program Manager of the Walk Again Project

Alan S. Rudolph is vice president for research at Colorado State University. He is a former member of senior executive service leading the U.S. Biodefense, Biosecurity and Biotechnology programs at the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Rudolph has had an active career in translating interdisciplinary life sciences into useful applications for biotechnology development in academia, government laboratories, and most recently in the nonprofit and private sectors.