BerkleeXR Summit

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Event Dates
Wednesday / February 7, 2018 / 10:00 am
Creative Technology Center
150 Massachusetts Avenue
United States

Whether you know a little or a lot about emerging technology, join the conversation with colleagues and visiting experts. At the BerkleeXR Summit, you can learn about spatial audio, 360 video, immersive music, WebVR, virtual worlds, simulations, real-time animation, holographics, procedural generation, artificial intelligence, motion capture, robotics, live performance, shared VR, and much more.

Find out more about virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and the emerging tech that combines and extends reality (XR).

The summit is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, Stan Getz Library, Music Business/Management Department, Liberal Arts Department, and BerkleeICE.


(Speaker list is subject to change.)

10:00 a.m.—Welcome

  • Heather Reid, Dean of Learning Resources, Berklee
  • Joe Bennett, VP for Academic Affairs—Strategic Initiatives, Berklee
  • Lori Landay, Professor, Visual Culture and New Media, Berklee

10:15 a.m.—XR: What's Important Now in the New Realities

  • Kathy Bisbee, Executive Director, Brookline Interactive Group; Cofounder, Public VR Lab
  • Kathy Trogolo, CEO/Cofounder, Fasility
  • Sara Remsen, Cofounder, Waypoint AR
  • Sarah Wolozin, Director, MIT Open Documentary Lab
  • Moderator: Lori Landay

11:00 a.m.—Get in the Conversation

  • Talk with guest speakers and attendees

11:15 a.m.—Motion Capture and Real-Time Animation in XR

  • Stacey Fox, Smithsonian and MSU Journalism
  • Susy Ferrer, Noitom Perception Neuron Motion Capture
  • John Martin, Reallusion Animation

​12:00 p.m.—XR Demonstrations and Lunch (Lunch is by registration only with limited slots—register here.)

  • ROTU: VR Music Game, with Jason Parks, BostonVR
  • Virtual Conductor: VR Conducting Tool, developed by Berklee student Shirly Gurten at Reality, Virtually, Hackathon! at MIT
  • Immersive Tools for Autism Project: Berklee FLY Grant Project, with Rhoda Bernard, Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs; Lori Landay; Courtney Clark, Berklee student; Joe Marchuk, Berklee student
  • Mocap for Dance Improv: Olivier Besson, Associate Professor, Dance, Boston Conservatory; Kate Gow, Conservatory Dance student
  • Virtual Harlem: A virtual recreation of Jazz Age Harlem in Unity, University of Arizona Digital Humanities Center & Africana Studies
  • WebVR/BeBlock: Fasility
  • Hoverlay: AR App

​1:00 p.m.—Immersive Sound

  • Steve Pardo, Lead Audio, Harmonix; Assistant Professor, Electronic Production and Design, Berklee
  • Loudon Stearns, Associate Professor, Contemporary Writing and Production, Berklee
  • Moderator: Jeanine Cowen, Professor, Film Scoring, Berklee

1:50 p.m.—Get in the Conversation

  • Talk with guest speakers and attendees

2:00 p.m.—Shared VR: Mixed Reality Session at Berklee and in the Virtual World High Fidelity

  • Ryan Downe Karpf, Cofounder, High Fidelity; Musician and Audio Engineer
  • Philip Rosedale, Cofounder, High Fidelity
  • Steve Pardo, Lead Audio, Harmonix; Assistant Professor, Electronic Production and Design, Berklee
  • Joyce Bettencourt, Mixed Reality Tech
  • Moderator in All Realities: Lori Landay

3:00 p.m.—Talk with the Experts

  • Kathy Bisbee: Community XR and XR Education
  • Stacey Fox: Immersive Experience in College Pedagogy; Interactive and Immersive Media for the Smithsonian
  • Joyce Bettencourt: Streaming and Mixed Reality Tech
  • Sara Remsen: AR
  • Milan Kovacev and Nicolas Robbe: AR
  • Steve Pardo: Immersive Audio
  • Chris Lowery and Kathy Trogolo: WebVR and XR Education

4:00 p.m.—Performance by Artist Christen Lien, Viola, Motion Capture, Visualizations

“Pushing her viola to the very limits of its expression, she is a creator of soundscapes, roiling aural sculptures that she shapes by looping one sonic texture atop another until her work achieves a denseness that is at once seductive and overwhelming. Despite the absence of words, her pieces have an uncanny literary feel.” — Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone
  • Introduced by Joe Bennett, Vice President for Academic Affairs—Strategic Initiatives, Berklee
  • Motion capture by Noitom; Visualizations by Lori Landay

5:00 p.m.—Demos and Reception

  • Facebook Spaces: Shared VR experience for Facebook
  • Rotu: VR Music Game by Jason Parks, BostonVR
  • Library Devices: Geaer VR, Sennheiser, Daydream
  • Virtual Harlem VR Experience