Opening Keynote: Prof. Dr. Kenny Mitchell
Prof. Kenny Mitchell is the Technical Director of Rendering at Roblox, and a Professor of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Dr. Mitchell has been involved in various video games, movies, and consumer products, including "Star Wars: Rogue One", "Pirates of the Caribbean", or "Finding Dory"; and has over 40 patents in computer graphics and motion capture. Prof. Mitchell is an ACM SIGGRAPH Pioneer, an IEEE Senior Member, and a member of BAFTA; and is currently the co-Editor-in-Chief for ACM Games: Research and Practice, the Associate Editor for ACM Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques and Elsevier Computers and Graphics, and is on the Steering Board for InGAME: Innovation for Games.
Closing Keynote: Prof. Dr. Sylvia Pan
Prof. Sylvia Pan is a Professor of Virtual Reality at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she co-leads the SeeVR research group including 10 academics and researchers. She holds a PhD in Virtual Reality, and an MSc in Computer Graphics, both from UCL, and a BEng in Computer Science from Beihang University, Beijing, China. Before joining Goldsmiths in 2015, she worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and at the Computer Science Department of UCL. Her research interest is the use of Virtual Reality as a medium for real-time social interaction, in particular in the application areas of training and therapy. Her work in social anxiety in VR and moral decisions in VR has been featured multiple times in the media, including BBC Horizon, the New Scientist magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Her 2017 Coursera VR specialisation attracted over 100,000 learners globally, and she co-leads on the MA/MSc in Virtual and Augmented Reality at Goldsmiths.