University of Sussex Staff Bring VR to Brighton Digital Festival

The Brighton Digital Festival which takes place every September is a celebration of digital culture that in 2015 marks its fifth consecutive year. Attending the event will be staff from the University of Sussex who will be bringing virtual reality (VR), live coding and more, for visitors to see.

Reported on the university’s news page, attending the event will be Kate Genevieve, a PhD student in the School of Media, Film and Music (MFM), who will be holding an interactive talk at the Digital Spotlight event in Brighton’s Phoenix Gallery. Kate will be getting members of public to think of new possibilities for VR, whilst also discussing her work as an artist combining VR with outdoor experiences.


Dr Diego Martinez Plasencia, Lecturer in Interactive Graphics in the Department of Informatics, will be holding a discussion on Wednesday 16th September, regarding his research on developing non-intrusive VR at a special digital-themed session of ‘Nerd Night Brighton’. Dr Plasencia will be describing several systems designed to support 3D interaction and collaboration. Explaining how displays can be created that do not preclude eye-contact and social interaction with other people, using substances such as fog.

The festival started on the 1st September and continues through to the 27th September. It’s the largest event in the UK on digital culture, with last years festival holding 150 events, attended by 47,000 visitors.

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