VR for the NICAR world: Immersive data

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Robert Hernandez of University of Southern California - Annenberg; Fergus Pitt of Tow Center - Columbia University; Brian Chirls of POV Digital
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 9:00am
  • Location: International 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

The rush of professional journalists to Virtual Reality has been prompted by the mass market debut of the Samsung Gear and the imminent release of Oculus Rift's consumer headset. But it's a new field with plenty of open questions.

This session will lay out the groundwork for the discussion, orient participants in the landscape, introduce them to the technologies that will become relevant in the near future, and shine a light on a forward path.

We’ll set up the framework so we have a common language to collaborate, we’ll trot through some examples and technologies of interest to data-heavy journalists, we’ll see how VR might fit into a tradition of graphic communication and take a look forward to the near-field innovations that will keep developing the medium. And finally, we’ll look at some code-based tools that can generate VR at low costs.

Speaker Bios

  • Brian Chirls is creative developer based in New York, currently working on experimental interactive documentary technology as Knight Technology Fellow at POV. He has developed innovative models for interaction, data visualization and content-authoring in virtual reality and has researched design patterns and tools for interactive video. Brian is also known for his earlier work on Seriously.js, Mozilla's Popcorn.js and the cult film Four Eyed Monsters.

  • Robert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic.” His most recent work includes Augmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality, in which he and his students produce VR experiences under their brand: Jovrnalism. He serves on the Online News Association board and a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

  • Fergus Pitt: Impact, VR, Sensors, Sailing, Learning Harmonica. @fergle

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