Crista Lopes added as a Keynote Speaker at ILRN 2016!

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The Immersive Learning Research Network is proud to announce that Dr. Crista Lopes (UC-Irvine), who wrote the code allowing users to “teleport” between OpenSim grid installations has agreed to provide a Keynote address to attendees at ILRN 2016 in Santa Barbara this June 27th – July 1st at the University of California – Santa Barbara campus.

Designing for Attention in Virtual Environments (or: How a Camera Changes Everything)

3D virtual environments are a new world for user experience design. Unlike 2D media, they include the 3rd dimension, which gives people a lot more degrees of freedom with respect to what to pay attention to. And unlike the physical world, they can be programmed. This talk focuses on the latent, yet largely unexplored, use of programmable cameras for designing user experiences in virtual environments, and how this can affect learning environments in particular.

Dr. Lopes is tentatively scheduled to provide what will assuredly be a compelling presentation prior to the ILRN Conference Dinner on Wednesday, June 29th. This 4+ day event will bring together learning scientists, game developers, architects, computer scientists, and educators from across the disciplines to collaborate on an emerging evidence-based approach toward an “immersive learning codex”, allowing experts from various disciplines to work together to create value for learners in many contexts.

About Dr. Crista Lopes:

Crista Lopes is a Professor of Informatics in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on software engineering for large-scale data and systems. Early in her career, she was a founding member of the team at Xerox PARC that developed Aspect-Oriented Programming. Along with her research program, she is also a prolific software developer. Her open source contributions include being one of the core developers of OpenSimulator, a virtual world server. She is also a founder and consultant of Encitra, a company specializing in online virtual reality for early-stage sustainable urban redevelopment projects. She has a PhD from Northeastern University, and MS and BS degrees from Instituto Superior Tecnico in Portugal. She is the recipient of several National Science Foundation grants, including a prestigious CAREER Award. She claims to be the only person in the world who is both an ACM Distinguished Scientist and Ohloh Kudos Rank 9.