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Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading
11th June 2018

The Symposium

A day of talks from across disciplines
11 June 2018

Virtual technologies have become increasingly prevalent in the modern world. The affordability of such technologies have made them accessible across disciplines and we continue to see a growing interest in using virtual tools and simulated realities, not only in the playground of game-related development but now across several research divisions.

This interdisciplinary symposium will explore applications of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in various fields across the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences.

There are three main aims for the day:
1) To introduce the concept of VR
2) To explore the value, impact, and contribution of using VR in various fields
3) To provide hands-on and interactive experiences for individuals who are interested in utilising these technologies



Dr Neil McDonnell

Neil is interested in the philosophical questions that arise from new Immersive Technologies 

Dr Peter Scarfe

Lecturer in Psychology and head of the Vision and Haptics Lab, University of Reading


Peter's work investigates human multi-sensory perception using virtual and haptic technologies 

Nick Peres

Lead for Technologies R+D Torbay and South Devon Healthcare Trust, Lecturer in Arts and Humanities, PhD Researcher, Plymouth University


Nick is a film maker & humanities researcher, using imagery to help better understand health & illness

Dr Ian Ewart

Lecturer in Digital Technologies in the Built Environment, University of Reading

Ian is interested in investigating how we can understand the built environment through the use of modern digital technologies.

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Agi Haines

Associate lecturer at the Royal College of Art & Central Saint Martens, PhD researcher at Transtechnology Research, Plymouth University

Agi is interested in simulating realities through design objects

Dr Matthew Nicholls

Associate professor in Classics, University of Reading

Matthew uses digital modelling for research and teaching. Matthew's Virtual Rome is an ambitious digital model of the entire ancient city

Dr Kathryn Francis

Postdoctoral research fellow in Philosophy and Psychology, University of Reading


Kathryn is interested in investigating moral decision-making using virtual and haptic technologies

Claudina Romero

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology Education Officer, University of Reading


Claudina is interested in using 3D visualisation and AR for hands-on experiences that allow audiences to interact with museum artefacts 

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UoR staff/students
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If registering from outside of the University of Reading, please email to check space availability:

kathryn [dot] francis [at] reading [dot] ac [dot] uk 
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