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VR/XR Based Training & Education Speaker Series: Knowledge and Experience Sharing

Dates, Times, Location

  • Dates: MAR 24 | APR 28 | MAY 26 | JUN 23 | JUL 28 | AUG 25 | SEP 22 | OCT 27 | NOV 24 | DEC 22 | JAN 26 | FEB 23 | MAR 22 | APR 26 | MAY 24 | JUN 28 | JUL 26
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Location: VIRTUAL (ZOOM WEBINAR)

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Participants who attend a minimum of 50% of sessions will receive a certificate of attendance from CIFAL York

BACKGROUND

The purpose of this monthly seminar series is to provide a platform for academia, education and industry in the field of Virtual Reality (VR) and Extended reality (XR) to share their knowledge and experience in using Virtual Reality based training and education. The seminar will focus on the latest trends and developments in VR technology and its applications in training and education in various fields such as healthcare, education, and more.

CIFAL York also aims to mobilize York University capacities in VR/XR and develop some VR/XR based training and education. In particular CIFAL York is partnering with DEXR Lab to achieve this and create new and innovative training with the use of VR technologies based on leading interdisciplinary research from all relevant fields.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The key goals and objectives of this speaker series are:

  • To provide a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences related to VR/XR-based training and education in different domains.
  • To create a community of practitioners, researchers, and educators who are interested in VR/XR-based training and education.
  • To provide attendees with practical information and tools that they can use in their own work related to VR/XR-based training and education.
  • To assess the use of VR/XR technology.
  • To foster collaboration and networking among attendees, speakers and stakeholders.
  • To stay up-to-date with the latest research, developments and trends in VR/XR-based training and education in public safety, public health, and disaster and emergency management.
  • To provide attendees with an opportunity to test and provide feedback on VR/XR applications developed by different developers.

TARGET AUDIENCES

  • Professionals, researchers, and students in the field of VR/XR training and education.
  • Professionals, researchers, and students in the field of education, training, and educational material design with an interest in VR capabilities.
  • Science and engineering professionals, researchers, and students.

SESSION 1 FRIDAY MARCH 24 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ali Asgary

Professor, Disaster & Emergency Management, School of Administrative Studies, York University

Director, CIFAL York, York University

Speaker: Benjamin Alsbury-Nealy

CEO and Co-Founder of SilicoLabs

Topic

Understanding Human Behaviour Using Extended Reality (XR) for Emergency Management

Speaker: Kyla Alsbury-Nealy

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder SilicoLabs

Topic

Understanding Human Behaviour Using Extended Reality (XR) for Emergency Management

Speaker: Chirag Chopra

Chief Business Development Officer at SilicoLabs and Chief Innovation Officer at Airlift Emergency Response Operations (AERO)

Topic

Understanding Human Behaviour Using Extended Reality (XR) for Emergency Management

SESSION 2 FRIDAY APRIL 28 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Dr. Eva Hava Peisachovich

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, School of Nursing, York University

Topic

VR as a Medium to Education Deliverables

Speaker: Dr. Bill Kapralos

Associate Professor & Research Excellence Chair, Software Informatics Research Centre (SIRC), Ontario Tech University

Topic

VR as a Medium to Education Deliverables

Speaker: Gabrielle Hollaender

Graduate Student, Computer Science, Ontario Tech University

Topic

VR as a Medium to Education Deliverables

Speaker: Claire Culver

Graduate Student, Computer Science, Ontario Tech University

Topic

VR as a Medium to Education Deliverables

SESSION 3 FRIDAY MAY 26 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Chris Adams

Director of Business Development, UP360

Topic

Lessons Learned Designing, Implementing, and Supporting VR Learning in Colleges

Speaker: Harrison Olajos

CEO & Co-Founder, UP360

Topic

Lessons Learned Designing, Implementing, and Supporting VR Learning in Colleges

SESSION 4 FRIDAY JUNE 23 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Evan Sitler

CEO & Co-Founder, XpertVR

Topic

XpertVR & The Future of Education

SESSION 5 FRIDAY JULY 28 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Maaz Mohamed

Global Head of Sales, Meynikara XR Technologies

Topic

Virtual Reality (VR) Education Benefits for Students from Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds

SESSION 6 FRIDAY AUGUST 25 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Dr. Derek Jackson

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, York University

Topic

Making Virtual Reality a Reality in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Classrooms

Speaker: Dr. Kyle Belozerov

Sessional Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, York University

Topic

Making Virtual Reality a Reality in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Classrooms

SESSION 7 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Muhammad Sajjad Ansar

Ph.D. candidate, Transportation Engineering, Laboratory of Innovations in Transportation (LiTrans), Centre for Urban Innovation, Toronto Metropolitan University

Topic

Driving in the Futuristic Traffic Environments: Exploring Digital Twins and Virtual Reality for Analyzing Road Users' Behaviour

SESSION 8 FRIDAY OCTOBER 27 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Dr. Mojgan Jadidi

Associate Professor, Civil engineering Department, York University

Topic

Augmented & Virtual Reality Sandboxes as Digital Twins of Learning Spaces

Recording of the Session

SESSION 9 FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Dr. Ali Ahmadi

Associate Professor KNT University and Research Associate, ADERSIM, York University

Topic: A Virtual Reality Application for Diagnose and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

SESSION 10 FRIDAY DECEMBER 22 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Geoff Eisfeld

Co-Creator, The Grid Entertainment Centre Inc.

Topic: Beyond Reality: Navigating the Physical and Mental Frontiers of Virtual Reality

SESSION 11 FRIDAY JANUARY 26 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Russell Foubert

Director, DLX Technology & Innovation, Conestoga College.

Topic: Creating and Sustaining Digital Learning Experiences – Lessons Learned from a College AR/VR Pioneer

Speaker: Jeff Fila

Director, DLX Planning and Operations, Conestoga College

Topic: Creating and Sustaining Digital Learning Experiences – Lessons Learned from a College AR/VR Pioneer

SESSION 12 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Paul Simon Waiyaki wa Mwithiga

CEO, Africa VR Campus and Centre

Topic: Introduction of VR in Africa

Speaker: Dr. Tom Nickel

New Media Explorer, VR Host, and Mortality Advocate

Topic: Introduction of VR in Africa

Speaker: Diana Njeria Maina

Associate Director, Africa VR Campus and Center and head of young women metaverse programmes.

Topic: Introduction of VR in Africa

SESSION 13 FRIDAY MARCH 22 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Rob Theriault

Immersive Technology Manager, Georgian College

Topic: XR & AI Enabled Experiential Learning

SESSION 14 FRIDAY APRIL 26 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Dr. Ali Asgary

Professor, Disaster & Emergency Management, York University

Topic: Virtual Reality for Natural Hazards & Risks’ Education & Training

SESSION 15 FRIDAY MAY 24 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Maaz Mohamed

Global Head of Sales, Meynikara XR Technologies

Topic: Immersive Horizon: Exploring Extended Reality and Spatial Computing solutions for Industry 4.0

Speaker: Rakesh Ravindran

VP & Global Head - GTM and Strategy, Meynikara XR Technologies

Topic: Immersive Horizon: Exploring Extended Reality and Spatial Computing solutions for Industry 4.0

SESSION 16 FRIDAY JUNE 28 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Jim McEwan

Adaptive Technology Specialist, Niagara College

Topic: It’s an IDEA: Learning to Foster Authentic Inclusion and Accessibility Through VR

Speaker: Jamie Oresar

Curriculum Coordinator, Professor of Sociology & Equity Studies, Welland Campus, Niagara College

Topic: It’s an IDEA: Learning to Foster Authentic Inclusion and Accessibility Through VR

SESSION 17 FRIDAY JULY 26 12:00PM-1:00PM (EDT)

Moderator: Dr. Ahmad Mohammadi

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Speaker: Daniel Hawes

Adjunct Research Professor, School of Information Technology, Carleton University; Writer, Producer, Academic Research, and Technology Entrepreneur

Topic: VR-Based Transformational Learning Experiences

Organizer & Partners

Organizer

CIFAL YORK

CIFAL York is part of UNITAR's global network of training centres for knowledge-sharing, training, and capacity-building for public and private leaders, local authorities, and civil society. CIFAL Centres are local and regional hubs for innovative, participatory and co-creative knowledge exchange opportunities to support decision-making processes, build capacity, and accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. Established in 2020, CIFAL York started its operation in June 2021 as the first CIFAL Centre in Canada. Health and Development training and knowledge sharing is among the key focusing areas of CIFAL York.

For more information or questions please contact: cifaldirector@yorku.ca

Partner

DEXR Lab - York University

The DEXR Lab is focused on researching and developing extended reality (XR) applications for public safety (PS), public health (PH), and disaster and emergency management (DEM).

Our interdisciplinary team of researchers from disaster management, management, health, science, and engineering will work together to create innovative and high-impact XR solutions for PS, PH, and DEM.

In addition to conducting research, the DEXR Lab will also be training highly qualified personnel (HPQs) in the field of XR for PS, PH, and DEM.

The DEXR Lab will be equipped with the latest XR hardware and software, allowing us to develop XR applications for various areas including structural firefighting, wildfire management, hospital emergency and intensive care units, first responders' collision simulation, virus transmission and spread, train derailment, and volcano eruption among others. The DEXR Lab will be based and supported by York University's Advanced Disaster, Emergency, and Rapid Response Simulation (ADERSIM), which has research and training connections and collaborations with a number of public safety, public health, and emergency management organizations. By contributing to the field of XR research and development, the DEXR Lab aims to enhance Canada's share in the XR market and put Canada at the forefront of XR applications in PS, PH, and DEM.

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