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ECE Explorations - Oculus VR | Steve LaValle (BS CompE 90, MSEE 93, PHD 95)

Speaker Oculus VR
Steve LaValle (BS CompE 90, MSEE 93, PHD 95)
Title "Well..How Did I Get Here?"
Date: 10/8/2014
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: 1002 ECE Building, Grainger Auditorium
Event Contact: Nikki Slack, Office of Advancement, 1070 ECE Building
Event Type: Seminars

You never know where your education, experience, and Internet presence will take you. In addition to providing an overview of technical challenges and future prospects in virtual reality, this talk will explain how I became involved with Oculus, even though my education is in electrical engineering, my research area is robotics, and I am a professor of computer science.

Steve LaValle started working with Oculus VR in September 2012, a few days after their successful Kickstarter campaign, and was the head scientist up until the Facebook acquisition in March 2014. He developed perceptually tuned head tracking methods based on IMUs and computer vision. He also led a team of perceptual psychologists to provide principled approaches to virtual reality system calibration and the design of comfortable user experiences. In addition to his continuing work at Oculus, he is also Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, where he joined in 2001. He has worked in robotics for over 20 years and is known for his introduction of the Rapidly exploring Random Tree (RRT) algorithm of motion planning and his 2006 book, Planning Algorithms.