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VRTGO Will Host Talk On VR and Human Cognitive Research

VRTGO conference and expo will feature talk by IBM Researcher Aldis Sipolins.

This year’s VRTGO conference and expo will be featuring more than just videogames. Part of the presentations at the event will involve a talk on what virtual reality (VR) will mean for the future of research.

The VRTGO conference and expo will be returning for a fourth year in November, with organiser Secret Sauce bringing a range of industry leaders in the areas of virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR) and augmented reality (AR) to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK.

One of the featured talks will be titled Enhancing Human Performance with VR and Machine Learning, it will be hosted by IBM Researcher Aldis Sipolins, who will be discussing how technology such as VR can impact research into areas such as human cognition. His research has noted that using VR in experiments in cognition involving human subjects elicits more natural behaviour that other kinds of simulation, resulting in more accurate data being collected.

In one example, Sipolins had participants in an IBM Research experiment wear an EEG headband whilst completing a memory game in VR. Using machine learning and the data thus gathered, the researchers were able to successfully predict memory based on observed brain activity.

Sipolins said: “I’m excited to share what we’ve learned so far and give a first look at new data we’re collecting. I want to help people understand what VR means for human research and why it’s such a game-changer. It’s also exciting to meet other people working in this area and discover other cool research taking place in Europe. I’m really looking forward to VRTGO.”

Carri Cunliffe, VRTGO Producer, “VR has many powerful uses outside of entertainment and we are seeing many more sectors using VR to benefit their businesses. The real in VR has a strength for many areas. We were thrilled when Aldis said he could make VRTGO this year. The work he is doing at IBM is ground-breaking and amazing. I think anyone hearing his talk will be inspired to look at using VR in research and other applications.”

VRTGO will be held at the Baltic Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK on 1st and 2nd November, 2017. Further information can be found on the VRTGO website.

VRFocus will bring you further information on VRTGO as it becomes available.

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