A Retrospective on the Field of Virtual Reality

Kevin Ponto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Living Environments Laboratory

Video: https://vimeo.com/216180332

The field of virtual reality (VR) has a long history of innovation and technologic development.  This talk will provide a brief history as to how the field has evolved from its foundational roots to the state of art of today.  Affordances and deficiencies of various VR technologies will be discussed for a variety of use cases.  Finally, the talk will provide context around current issues in the field as well as visions for future applications of virtual reality technologies.


Kevin PontoKevin Ponto is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a rich history of interdisciplinary research. Dr. Ponto has a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science degree in Arts Computation Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Ponto has worked on previous projects aimed to rediscover a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting, monitor pollution levels through the development of smart backpacks for homing pigeons and build next generation theater productions through augmented projected environments.  Currently, Dr. Ponto leads multiple funded research projects that utilize VR to: better understand the context of the home environment for the purposes of health in the home, generate new methodologies for crime scene investigation, create new systems to support informal learning for scientific research projects and develop new interaction techniques to support next generation consumer marketplaces.