Prof. Miriam Reiner has been studying applied neuroscience for advanced human centric technology VR/AR. She published above 150 research papers in leading journals, two books, keynote speaker at multiple academic and industry conferences, and inventor of numerous patents. She has been a visiting professor for part time each year at Stanford, at Nanyang Technological University, UNC, and University-College London. Miriam has been collaborating with leading international corporations on human computer interfaces, serves as an expert on major EU committees on future innovative technologies. She founded and lead the VR/AR and neurocognition lab at the Technion, mainly with awards from the EU, and trained about 40 PhD’s and Master of Science.
Always staying on the bleeding edge of technology, and able to predict both tech and business trends, Bob Cooney is widely considered the world's foremost expert on location-based virtual reality. The author of the book Real Money from Virtual Reality, he is the go-to-market strategist behind the launch of some of the world’s most successful location-based entertainment products. He curates the location-based VR education programs for both Amusement Expo and VR Days and is the tech editor for Replay Magazine, the oldest and most widely-read publication dedicated to the family entertainment industry.
Cooney launched the world’s first successful laser tag company, Laser Storm, in 1990, which he took public after appearing in the Inc. 500 in 1996. He has also launched the first commercially successful VR arcade game, Beachhead 2000. Cooney has mentored some of the top VR manufacturers and operators, including Zero Latency, Hologate, Neurogaming, Virtuix, and others.
Edouard Auvinet is a researcher at HIRUZ Department, UZ Gent. His research focus on digital technologies innovation in the healthcare domain. He work particularly on the use of low cost motion sensors as well as augmented and virtual reality systems to support the healthcare and the clinical training.
Joanna Popper is a Hollywood and Silicon Valley media executive. She is HP’s Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment. Prior she was EVP of Media & Marketing at Singularity University and VP Marketing at NBCUniversal. Joanna developed a TV show partnership with NBC and Singularity University for a new TV series on technology and innovation.
Joanna was selected as “50 Women Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment,” “Top Women in Media: Game Changers,” “Top Women in Media: Industry Leaders,” “Digital It List,” “101 Women Leading the VR Industry” and is on the Coalition for the Women in XR Fund.
Judith Okonkwo is a Technology Evangelist and Business Psychologist. She is also the creator of the Oriki Coaching Model™ and a co-founder of We Will Lead Africa. Judith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
In 2016 Judith set up Imisi 3D an XR creation lab in Lagos focused on building the ecosystem for extended reality technologies (AR/VR/MR), and connecting XR communities across the African continent. Imisi 3D’s most recent VR film production, Lagos At Large, made the Forbes list of the Top 50 XR Experiences of 2019.
Judith is also a current member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Augmented and Virtual Reality.
Mr. Idehara studied remote sensing and urban planning at The University of Tokyo. After he started teaching at Tama University, he introduced virtual reality as one of the themes for his laboratory students.
His laboratory members have been presenting their projects in Laval Virtual almost every year since 2004, including three invited projects: "Dis-Tansu" (2004), "PoppingPump" (2007) and "JishoDesk" (2010, joint project with ESIEA). His basic inclination of the implementation of virtual reality is toward expanding the human experience naturally and improving their everyday life.