Experience the worlds of virtual and augmented reality. Events featuring technology and applications that create immersive experiences spanning arts, games, social interactions, and live performances.


Story Telling in VR 

Panel discussion into the realm of endless possibilities pertaining to VR and the art of storytelling in areas such as film, live theatre, gaming, and more.

Prof. Joe Geigel – Rochester Institute of Technology (moderator)    

Javier Molina – New York University 

    Anna Dining – Rochester Institute of Technology

    Elizabeth Goins PhD – Rochester Institute of Technology

Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30 – Convention Center, Highland AK


Social VR

VR allows people the opportunity to interact and engage in an immersive space. See how in this panel discussion.

 Prof. Joe Geigel – Rochester Institute of Technology (moderator)

Colin Doody, Darkwind Media      

Nathan Stevens, Rochester Institute of Technology

    Karan Singh, janusVR

Tuesday 11:30 – 12:30 – Convention Center, Highland AK 


Novel VR/AR Technologies

A panel discussing details of novel component and system technologies relating to VR systems. Topics to be discussed include optics, display, image capture, and data processing.

Barry Silverstein (moderator)    

Paul Travers, Vuzix    

Jannick Rolland PhD, University of Rochester    

Pete Jameson, Osterhout Design Group

Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 – Convention Center, Highland AK


Realities in Focus: Solutions for Visual Acuity and Aesthetic for Prescription Eyeglass Wearers When Using AR and VR Devices

We’ll take a look at the challenges and issues faced by people needing prescription eyewear correction when wearing smart devices and VR goggles.

William Fruit and Amy Ahl, Rochester Optical

Tuesday 4:00 – 5:00 – Convention Center, Highland AK


VR/AR Meetup at Memorial Art Gallery

An evening at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery with VR/AR designers, makers and technologists. Explore the museum with AR. See composite Images by Susan Lakin, School of Photographic Arts and Science and RIT David Halbstein, School of Design, RIT

Tuesday 5:30 – 7:30 – Memorial Art Gallery

Frameless Labs VR/AR Festival – Special Session: Behind the Scenes of Live and Interactive Exhibits

In this session, the artists involved with each of the pieces will describe the motivation behind their work and provide a preview of the live experience that will take place later during the festival at the MAGIC center.

Matthieu Tercieux, You are Here

Mária Júdová, Dust

Wednesday 10:30-11:30 – Convention Center, Hyatt Grand Ballroom D


Sci-Fi Wearables: The Birth of Augmented Reality

As the Marketing Director for Rochester-based AR start-up Six15 Technologies, Colleen leads communication strategy and industry partnerships. As an advocate of smart glasses technology, she works with manufacturers and technology providers globally to help create augmented reality hardware solutions that solve enterprise challenges faced today. She’s passionate about applying wearable technology to re-introduce the human element into big data and the Internet of Things, empowering people to access data and interact with connected objects in the most natural way possible.

Colleen Emaus, Six-15

Wednesday 3:00 – 3:30 – Convention Center Highland AK


Engaging Consumers in VR

VR is here, yet struggles with mainstream adoption. When will the killer app arrive for VR? Where is the Virtual future that some hope for and some dread? V Owen Bush, Co Founder and CEO of SpaceoutVR examines the current challenges for VR publishers and content creators and looks to the future of the medium.

V. Owen Bush, Spaceout VR

Wednesday 3:30 – 4:00 – Convention Center Highland AK


Frameless Labs VR/AR Fall Festival

Virtual reality and digital performance are re-imagining the way stories are told. Join Frameless Labs for our fall kickoff event and lose yourself in cutting edge technology, incredible performances, games and film. Free and open to the public

Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00 – RIT MAGIC Center


An Evening at MAGIC

Spend an evening at RIT’s MAGIC Center. Relax with drink, food and good conversation while experiencing the latest VR/AR games and digital performances at a VIP showing of Frameless Labs Fall Festival. Registered LSI participants only.

Wednesday 5:00 – 6:45 – RIT MAGIC Center


Teaching and Learning with Sound and Light

Join regional luminaries from AR, VR, and video games for an interactive conversation on how their work connects to a variety of teaching and learning contexts. Research and pedagogy in higher ed, K12, and informal education will be discussed. Audience involvement encouraged.

Kristana Textor, University of Rochester, Warner School and VideoArtGames (moderator)

Prof. Liz Lawley, Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Interactive Games & Media

Prof. Michael Jarvis, University of Rochester School of Digital Media Studies

Prof. David Simkins, Rochester Institute of Technology

Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00 – Convention Center, Highland AK



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Object and Channel Representations for Next-Generation Audio Experiences

We will show how both approaches benefit audio content creation and end-user experience and discuss opportunities for future audio representations and applications.

Nicolas Tsingos, Ph.D, Dolby Laboratories

Wednesday 10:30 – 11:00 – Hyatt Grand ABC


Immersive Audio and Height Channels: Capture and Reproduction

The presentation summarizes recent research projects on height loudspeaker configurations and microphone arrays.

Prof. SungYoung Kim, Rochester Institute of Technology

Wednesday 10:30 – 11:00 – Hyatt Grand ABC


Designing Better Environments Using VR

In an era where smart cities, intelligent building controls, and responsive skins and systems can do simultaneously more for the environment and the building occupant, integrating energy data feedback loops into the design process early on is crucial for high performing systems, buildings, and cities. How will architects and city planners—as highly visual thinkers—qualify and adapt to designing with real-time and big data?

Amber Bartosh, Syracuse University

Dr. Bess Krietemeyer, Syracuse University

Wednesday 4:00-4:30 – Convention Center, Highland AK


Medical Applications of Virtual Reality

A panel discussion on the use of virtual and augmented in medical education, diagnosis, treatment, and patient care.

Gregory DeAngelis, Ph.D, University of Rochester (moderator)

Dave Mitten, M.D., University of Rochester.  Enhanced Physical Exam of the Patient and Education

Charles Duffy, M.D.,  University of Rochester.  Helping Patients with Dementia

Benjamin Crane, M.D., University of Rochester.  Treating patients with vestibular impairments

Cali Fidopiastis, Ph.D, Design Interactive, Virtual Rehabilitation.

Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30 – Convention Center, Highland EF


Freeform Optics Applications

The application and use of freeform optics to improve VR/AR and other imaging and display applications.

Prof. Jannick Rolland, University of Rochester Institute of Optics

Wednesday 3:30-4:30 – Hyatt Regency AB


Innovations in Light and Sound in Rochester

This panel will discuss some of the exciting innovations in light and sound that are happening in Rochester, NY.

Julie Gerstenberger, Moondog Labs (Moderator)

Terry Taber, Eastman Kodak

Paul Travers, C.E.O, Vuzix

Mark Bocko, University of Rochester

Tuesday 10:30 -11:30 – Hyatt Regency AB


Those F#%^ Optics

This is an informal talk that highlights some of the evolution of HMD style optics, discussed the shift in cinematography for VR content creation, and explains a little about unrealistic expectations set by companies developing imaging based products.

Michael Thomas, Navitar

Thursday 10:30 – 11:00 – Convention Center, Highland CH


A Crash course in building a hardware start-up in Western NY

Upstate NY has a lot of resources to support hardware startups.  Hear Clark Dever, co-founder of Heads Up Displays, share some of the lessons he learned from building two hardware startups in Upstate NY over the past 5 years.

Clark Dever, Heads Up Display

Thursday 11:00 – 11:30 – Convention Center, Highland HC


Headphone-based Immersive 3D Audio

In this talk, Ossic’s new 3D-audio smart headphone technology will be described. By pairing advanced 3D-audio algorithms with head-tracking and individual anatomy calibration, Ossic headphones deliver accurate 3D sound to teh listener’s ears — increasing the sense of auditory space, and acoustically recreating the way people hear the world everyday.

Kedar Shashidhar, Ossic

Tuesday 4:00 – 4:30 – Hyatt Grand ABC