The 8th Annual DEEP Conference is on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Location: Cooper Koo YMCA
461 Cherry Street
Toronto, ON M5A 0H7
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Prepare to discuss the State of Inclusion

Registration is free and mandatory! Please register so that we can prepare for your arrival.


Events at DEEP 2019

International Society on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia

Toronto Symposium, October 17, 2019

VSMM 2019: into the future of XR and Exponential  Inclusive Tech

49 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
2:00 PM – 6:30 PM

The International Society for Virtual Systems and Multimedia is a unique cross-disciplinary organization for the exchange of cutting edge research in new media and virtual and augmented reality applied to everything from art to architecture, medicine to engineering, and archaeology to cultural heritage. 

Come try virtual reality displays and find out how inclusive design can be integrated with these technologies. Stay for discussions by leaders in the field.

VSMM Toronto 2019 Agenda, 17 October

Part1: 1:30-2:00 Black Box Theatre, 49 McCaul Street: Presentation

(note, seating in the black box is limited to the first 40 participants)

1:30        Welcome from OCAD University
1:40        Dr Lynne Heller on The Technological Sublime


Part 2: 2:00 – 3:00 Open Gallery, M9 McCaul Street: Technology displays, Networking and refreshments

A chance for students to sign up to work with VSMM 2020 and opportunity to learn more about free certified Facebook training in Innovation, AI, Web, Social Media and Cyersecurity training with SMARTlab, and about a few new scholarships forthcoming in the SMARTlab global practice-based PhD in Inclusive Design and Creative Technology Innovation

Part 3: 3:00 -5:00 Black Box Theatre, 49 McCaul Street: Presentations

(note, seating in the black box is limited to the first 40 participants)

3:00        Prof Hal Thwaites (Previous President of VSMM- Sunway University & SMARTlab) Keynote on the Past, Present and Potential Future of VSMM  
3:30        Prof Martha Ladly and team: Decoding Origins: Approaching African Identities Through Data Collection and Visualisation
4:00        Dr Nina Czegledy (Leonardo) on Reporting on Disparity: Two events Oceans apart in Toronto and New Plymouth (New Zealand)
4:20        Dr Doreen Balabanoff (OCADU) on The Global Birth Environment Design Network: towards a virtual platform that can be a global resource for better birth environment design
4:45        Mohsen Mahjoobnia (OCADU + SMARTlab PhD candidate) on VR to provide access to nature to address isolation and mental health issues/accessibility issues in XR
5:10        Prof Lizbeth Goodman (Director SMARTlab, VSMM Vice President): VSMM 2019 Overview- events in 2019 + Introducing INCLUDE, Academy of the Future, and Be-Earth Experience (with Ylva Hansdotter and the UN Igo for Sustainability)
5:40        Prof Alonzo Addison (UC Berkeley & SMARTlab, VSMM President): Generational Planning and Publication: VSMM and Digital Cultural Heritage- next steps  
6pm       Prof Jutta Treviranus (Director, IDRC at OCADU, DEEP Chair & SMARTlab)-  Final wrap-up discussion, WELCOME to DEEP) & Last chance to sign up for VSMM, publications committee, scholarship and training opportunities etc. 6:30pm End & chance to wander with the team in the gorgeous city of Toronto!

This conference is one of a series of three conferences in 2019 and is an opportunity for new researchers in the field to share their ideas and be mentored for the conference publication.  Be sure to register at the VSMM conference to learn how to participate in the VSMM activities and publications.


DEEP 2019 at a glance

9:00-9:30 Registration and Networking

9:30-12:00 The State of Inclusion

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-4:00 Digging DEEPer I & II–The DEEP workshop series

4:00-4:30 Unwrap-up

4:30-6:00 DEEP Reception & Speaker’s Round Tables

The full agenda is now available.

Speakers include:

Michael Bach
Andrea Breen
Jennifer Chadwick
Colin Clark
Wendy Cukier
Charles Finley
Sandra Gabriele
Lizbeth Goodman
Abby Goodrum
John Guido
Pina D’Intino
Christopher LaRoche
Megan Lawrence
Laurent Messier
Vanessa Pfaff
Virginia Rodes
David Rokeby
Trebor Scholz
Lisa Snider
Jutta Treviranus
Shari Trewin

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