Symposium

cover photo for the symposium showing the name and date.

5th Annual Frameless XR Symposium

November 19-20, 2020

The Frameless XR Symposium is an interdisciplinary gathering that combines technology-focused approaches with humanities-inspired theoretical inquiry, empirical research and artistic creation in AR/VR/MR. Following the symposium, proceedings will be published online through the open-access peer-reviewed journal Frameless.

Registration is free on Eventbrite, find link here.

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (USA).

Schedule

(a work in progress, a few last additions coming soon....)

Interpreters can be requested at myaccess.rit.edu.

Wednesday, November 18th

Join Mark in a zoom meeting room here.

Recorded tutorial available on Frameless YouTube channel.

Thursday, November 19th

All sessions will begin in a zoom meeting and then move to our Hubs rooms for an informal gathering with presenters.

9 a.m. Terrence Masson
 
  • Welcome from Frameless Chair by Susan Lakin
  • Introduction by RIT President David Munson
  • Keynote: Terrence Masson
10 a.m. Meet up in Hubs with presenters

Moderator: Pete Murphey

10:30 a.m. Ambedo: Immersive storytelling through augmented reality
  Law Alsobrook – Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar
Dr. Diane Derr – Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar
Sadia Mir – Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar
10:50 a.m. Stitching the Fragmented: 360 Videos for Language and Culture Learning
  Mélanie Péron – University of Pennsylvania
Vickie Karasic – Bryn Mawr College
11:10 a.m. Social Engagement in Layers of History: An XR experience of the May 4th Shootings
  Richard E. Ferdig – Kent State University
Enrico Gandolfi – Kent State University
Robert Clements – Kent State University
Chris Lenart – Kent State University
Annette Kratcoski – Kent State University
Cheng-Chang Lu – Kent State University
11:30 a.m. Meet up in Hubs with presenters
12 p.m. Liza Savage-Katz
  Counterbalance 'zoom fatigue' with our Frameless Labs resident yoga instructor Liza!

Moderator: Emily Sherwood

12:30 p.m. Experience Design, Narratives, and Point of Views
  Michaela Holland – Freelance Immersive and Interactive Storyteller, NYC

Moderator: Elousie Oyzon

2:30 p.m. Collaborative Development of Spatial Audio Virtual Environments
  George V. Landon – Cedarville University
Austin K. Jaquith – Cedarville University
2:50 p.m. XR & Museums: Mixing Disciplines, Extending Boundaries & Delivering Multi-Modal Experiences in a Post COVID World
  Gary D Jacobs – Rochester Institute of Technology
Amanda Doherty – Rochester Institute of Technology
Juilee Decker – Rochester Institute of Technology
Joe Geigel – Rochester Institute of Technology
3:10 p.m. Creation of EGSRIT/Virtual UR Minecraft Campuses and Community Response
  Alexa R. Amoriello – Rochester Institute of Technology
Alexander M. Pavlicin – University of Rochester
3:30 p.m. Meet up in Hubs with presenters and Minecraft for campus tours

Moderator: Riham Alieldin

Transeuntis Mundi Project – from onsite to WebVR exhibitions
Cândida Borger - Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gabriel Velez - Antioquia University, Columbia
Mixed Reality Design
Wyatt Coe - Wyatt Coe Design
Mark Reisch - Rochester Institute of Technology
Sign Language in Social VR - Challenges and Adaptations
Dylan Fox – XR Access
Web-based IVEs for User Experience Evaluation in the Architecture Studio
Faithful Oladeji - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Moderator: Elizabeth Goins

Demos will be presented via Zoom, in Mozilla HUBS, or streamed to the Frameless YouTube channel. Links to presentation venues will be provided upon registration.

Banana Bop: An Immersive Musical Experience
Isabelle Anderson - Rochester Institute of Technology
Dan Robinson - Rochester Institute of Technology
Changeling: A Single Player VR Mystery
Kaitlyn Tran- The Changeling Project School of IGM Entrepreneurial Coop
Elouise Oyzon - The Changeling Project School of IGM Entrepreneurial Coop
Matthew Pressman - The Changeling Project School of IGM Entrepreneurial Coop
Stephen Callen - The Changeling Project School of IGM Entrepreneurial Coop
Joshua Bullock - The Changeling Project School of IGM Entrepreneurial Coop
Kyle Lekkas - The Changeling Project School of IGM Entrepreneurial Coop
Jake Johnson - The Changeling Project School of IGM Entrepreneurial Coop
EmbodiMap VR. Extending body-mapping into the third dimension.
Volker Kuchelmeister - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Jill Bennett - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Gail Kenning - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Natasha Ginnivan - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Melissa Neidorf - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Establishing the Actor-Audience connection during performance on a Virtual Stage.
Zhongyuan Fa - Rochester Institute of Technology
Joe Geigel - Rochester Institute of Technology
Sungyoung Kim - Rochester Institute of Technology
Marla Schweppe - Rochester Institute of Technology
Full Bloom: Diegetic UI for musical phrases in virtual reality
Zachary Talis - Rochester Institute of Technology
Peter Armstrong - Rochester Institute of Technology
Richard Swientonioski - Rochester Institute of Technology
Jennie Thomas -Rochester Institute of Technology
Joe Geigel - Rochester Institute of Technology
Susan Lakin - Rochester Institute of Technology
Elliot Cole
Peter Ferry
IKKUMA
Yangli Liu - Me, Myself & I Productions
InSight AR. Virtual sculptures presented in a public exhibition
Volker Kuchelmeister - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Jet of Blood
Elizabeth Goins - Rochester Institute of Technology
Andy Head - Rochester Institute of Technology
Previsualization and Virtual Production Curriculum at RIT
David Long - Rochester Institute of Technology
Shaun Foster - Rochester Institute of Technology
Cole Swiernik - Rochester Institute of Technology
Maddie Nardi - Rochester Institute of Technology
Projection-Based AR for Hearing Parent-Deaf Child Communication
Victor Antony - University of Rochester
Adira Blumenthal - University of Rochester
Ziyue Qiu - University of Rochester
Ashely Tenesaca - University of Rochester
Wanyin Hu - University of Rochester
Zhen Bai - University of Rochester
RotateEntry: Controller-rolling-style Text Entry for 3 Degrees of Freedom Virtual Reality Devices
Ziming Li - Rochester Institute of Technology
Roshan Lalintha Peiris - Rochester Institute of Technology
SOMNIUM VR Demo
Andy Head - Rochester Institute of Technology
Omen Sade - Dramatic Space
Joe Geigel - Rochester Institute of Technology
Elizabeth Goins - Rochester Institute of Technology
Yancarlos Diaz - Rochester Institute of Technology
Swimmy
Austina Wang - Chapman University
Teaching VR Art & Design - in VR
Steve Guynup - Southern New Hampshire University / Isovista
The Visit VR. Understanding the experience of living with dementia
Volker Kuchelmeister - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Jill Bennett - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Natasha Ginnivan - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Gail Kenning - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Melissa Neidorf - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Virtual Lenses: Filming & Learning Through the Looking Glass
Shaun Foster - Rochester Institute of Technology
Web Derive 01 - an online Art VR work by the Transeuntis Mundi Project
Cândida Borges - Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro
Gabriel Mário Velez - Antioquia University

Friday, November 20th

All sessions will begin in a zoom meeting and then move to our Hubs rooms for an informal gathering with presenters.

Moderator – Susan Lakin

9 a.m. Using Virtual Reality for Peace Building in Refugee Camps of Northern Uganda - Flash Talk
  Barnabas Samuel – Uganda Community Development Centre
Sebit Martin John – Uganda Community Development Centre
9:10 a.m. Hostile Terrain 94: An Interactive Documentary for Mobile
  Alvaro Morales – Co-Director
Alex Suber – Co-Director
Char Stiles – Lead Developer
9:35 a.m. The Penn & Slavery Project Augmented Reality Tour
  Dr. Kathleen Brown – University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Alexis Broderick – University of New Hampshire
VanJessica Gladney – University of Pennsylvania
Meaghan Moody – University of Rochester
Dallas Taylor – University of Pennsylvania
Matt Tidridge – Dream Syndicate XR, Philadelphia, PA
10 a.m. Meet up in Hubs with presenters

Moderator: Wendy Dannels

10:30 a.m. Students Engaging Students: A Model for Remote Peer-to-Peer Learning for XR Tools and Methods
  Sebastian Jakymiw – University of Rochester
Meaghan Moody – University of Rochester
10:50 a.m. Eye tracking in virtual reality for educational technology research
  Jorge Bacca-Acosta – Fundación Universitaria Konard Lorenz
Julian Tejada – Federal University of Sergipe
11:10 a.m. Virtual Embodiment For Character: A Theoretical Framework For Developing Interpersonal, Intrapersonal & Intellectual Skills In Students
  Mariam Rafehi – Virginia Commonwealth University
11:30 a.m. Meet up in Hubs with presenters
12 p.m. Liza Savage-Katz
  Counterbalance 'zoom fatigue' with our Frameless Labs resident yoga instructor Liza!

Moderator: Mike Murdoch

1 p.m. Using Virtual Reality to Assess Visual-Proprioceptive Integration in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  E.L. Isenstein – University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
V.A. Shenge – University of Rochester Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
D. Johnson - University of Rochester Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
S. Iyer - University of Rochester Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
E. Knight – University of Rochester Medical Center, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
D. Tadin - University of Rochester Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
1:20 p.m. The Challenge of Preserving Captured Sign Language Data in Human Avatar Models
  Youmee Lee – Rochester Institute of Technology
Andrew Smith – Rochester Institute of Technology
Joseph Hill – Rochester Institute of Technology
1:40 p.m. RotateEntry: Controller-rolling-style Text Entry for 3 Degrees of Freedom Virtual Reality Devices
  Ziming Li – Rochester Institute of Technology
Roshan Peiris – Rochester Institute of Technology
2 p.m. Meet up in Hubs with presenters

Moderator: Roshan Peiris

2:30 p.m. Designing Blended Experiences: Illustrating and Evaluating Design Fictions
 

Brian O’Keefe – Farmingdale State College
Mike Mastermaker - Farmingdale State College
Miram Sturdee - University of Lancaster
David Benyon - Edinburgh Napier University
Tom Flint - Edinburgh Napier University

2:50 p.m. Presenting Swing: Disseminating Process Work in VR Using Hubs
 

Mari Jaye Blanchard – Rochester Institute of Technology
Mark Reisch – Rochester Institute of Technology
Vicky Mejia Yepes – Ithaca College

3:10 p.m. Into the Unknown!: Digital Theatre and Boldly Going Forward with SOMNIUM
  Andy Head - – Rochester Institute of Technology
Omen Sade – Dramatic Space, NYC
3:30 p.m. Meet up in Hubs with presenters

Facilitator: Susan Lakin

LaToya Adams
President
WonderWhy Consulting

Dominick D’Aniello
Staff Software Engineer
Mozilla

Anna Dining
Software Developer
Technicolor

Blake Gross
Co-Founder
DB Creations, LLC

Tish Khan
Flex Studio Ops Associate 
Amazon London

Dustin Kochensparger
Senior Producer
Bungie

Damian Kwiatkowski
Realtime CG Generalist
The Mill

Shannon Macias
Associate Front End Developer
Enklu / HoloLens & Augmented Reality

Kate McFadden
Senior Lighting & Rendering Artist
Unity Technologies

Joel Ogden
Co-Founder
Construct Studio

Shane Porzio
Vice President of Engineering
Vuzix Corporation

Abhijit Sarkar
Senior Display Engineer, Mixed Reality Architecture
Microsoft

Shizhe Shen
Dreamer, VR/Portal Optics
Oculus VR

Barry Silverstein
Director of Optics & Display Research
Facebook Reality Labs

Douglas Sonders
Founding Partner
eXpanded eXistence

Renée Stevens
Augmented Reality Designer, Educator, and Author
Renée Stevens Design, LLC

James Sundra
Principal Engineer
Enklu

Chrissy Szczupak
Interactive Producer
Netflix

Matt Tidridge
3D Interactive Developer
Blue Visual Effects, Inc

Student Contest

RIT students were invited to design and host a virtual room in Mozilla Hubs for the 5th annual Frameless XR Symposium.  Prizes went to the winning rooms showcased and utilized at the 2020 Symposium. 

A simple graphic with text that says design contest with prizes. Design a mozilla hubs virtual room  for the frameless labs symposium. It includes the date and time of the event.

Learn more about our competition guidelines here.

Julian Heuser

1st Place Winner - Outer Space World

RIT Computer Science '2025

A photo of the 1st place winner, Julian Heuser. He is wearing a polo shirt and a smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was attracted to the competition because 3D modeling and environment design are interests of mine. I've created virtual environments before, mostly custom levels for games such as Half-Life or Portal. It's a bit different though, since those have you move linearly through a space, rather than an open space with many people. So designing rooms for people to interact with each other was definitely a unique challenge. I started by just brainstorming places that would be cool to meet in. I wanted to take advantage of the fact that it's virtual and could be anywhere, so I knew I wanted it to be someplace you couldn't easily go in real life. Admittedly, space isn't that unique an idea, but I tried my best to make the space station itself unique and visually interesting. I used Blender to create each part of the room, and while I've done some 3D modeling before, I learned a lot from using it for this competition. I started with a central area, and branched out with several smaller meeting areas for people to separate out into. I was sure to add lots of windows, as my hope is that the view will in some way be calming or inspiring while people chat. I hope people enjoy the space!

 

Isabelle Anderson

2nd Place Winner - Underwater World

RIT New Media Design '2022

A photo of the 3rd place winner, Isabelle Anderson. She is smiling in a sunflower field at sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was first drawn to this competition because it was such a unique opportunity and the perfect way to showcase the kind of art I’ve been working on in Google Tilt Brush. Hubs was new to me, and I definitely had to go through a learning process to make everything run smoothly. Almost all of my work has a nature theme to it. I love to use bright colors to create dream-like scenes. I wanted to create a space that I wish I could experience in real life. I first imagined what it would be like to be in a room underwater, and included a ceiling, walls, and chairs. I had to go through the process of letting go of the constraints a real life room has, because these objects have no structural function in VR. I realized that we could be fully immersed underwater, there was no need for a virtual boundary to separate us from virtual water. I learned that VR allows you to be anywhere your imagination can take you! I have one other VR environment that I am looking forward to sharing during this symposium as well!

 

Julia Abbonizio

3rd Place Winner - Isolation World

RIT Advertising Photography '2021

A photo of the 2nd place winner, Julia Abbonizio. A dark studio lit portrait with dramatic lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was encouraged to enter this competition even though hubs was entirely new to me and I have little to no experience with virtual reality and 3d modeling. However, I love interdisciplinary work and the opportunity to dive into something new! Much of my photographic work hinges on encouraging people to rethink cultural norms by way of satire and surrealism, both of which I wanted to bring into this room. I wanted to make a room that was more similar to an art exhibit than a traditional environment. I want the viewers to have to confront the figures physically and contemplate what their own experience might be like in a true 24 hour period in isolation with no external stimuli. Hopefully this thought process inspires self reflection and promotes interesting conversation with others! Virtual reality is the ultimate way to experience otherworldly places, so creating one helped me think about all the ways I can push my other work to be more immersive and that much more effective.

 

 

 

Space Station

This room was created by our first place winner, Julian Heuser.

A view looking out of the space station windows at Earth, the top of the moon, and asteroids floating in space.

A view of inside the space station middle room, circular blue lights illuminate the room and the windows show asteroids floating in outer space.A view looking out of the space station windows at a star or sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underwater

This room was created by our second place winner, Isabelle Anderson.

Underwater scenery of jellyfish, dolphins, fish, coral and plants.Underwater scene with a giant clam holding a pearly, illuminated bubbles float up from the pearl. There is an ocotpus in the foreground and jellyfish and plants in the background on the right side of the image.Underwater scene with a close-up of an octopus. There are rocks, plants and a fish swimming in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract State of Mind

This room was created by our third place winner, Julia Abbonizio.

Scene inside a tiled room with floating bodies in contorted positions, there is a screen that reads '24 Hours In Isolation' on the wall. Scene of purple, red and and green bodies coming out of the walls and floating in a tiled room.A tiled room with contorted and colorful bodies floating in air and coming through the walls. There is a door at the end of the room that is completely dark.

 

 

 

 

 

Code of Conduct

The Frameless Symposium organizers value the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected within our community and are committed to providing a welcoming, productive, and safe environment for all participants of our events. This Code of Conduct is important for promoting diversity and creating an inclusive, supportive, and collaborative environment for all.

All event participants – including, but not limited to attendees, speakers, organizers, volunteers, exhibitors, personnel, members of the media, vendors, and service providers--are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct.

Read the full code of conduct

Organizing Committee

Symposium Chair:
Susan Lakin

Program Chair:
Mike Murdoch

Frameless Journal:
Juilee Decker
David Halbstein

Marketing:
Tom Dooley
Meagan Moody
Frank Deese
Missy Warp

Demos:
Elizabeth Goins
Joe Geigel

University of Rochester liaisons:
Emily Sherwood
Riham Alieldin
Kristana Textor
Meagan Moody

Mozilla Hubs:
Mark Reisch

RIT participants:
Marla Schweppe
Pete Murphey
Elouise Oyzon
Wendy Dannels
Roshan Peiris

Student workers:
Tessa Cote
Simar Khanna
Konnor Klercke

Special thanks:
Dr. Ryne Raffaelle, VP for Research/Assoc. Provost RIT
David Long, MAGIC Director 
Jenn Hinton, MAGIC Associate Director
Brenda Schlageter, MAGIC Building and Operations
Amanda Hughes, MAGIC Technology Manager
Mark Marcello, Senior Web Developer
Jay Sullivan, Senior Systems Administrator/Engineer, CAD Facilities

 

Publication

Symposium Proceedings will be published online through the open-access peer-reviewed journal Frameless. This will include a symposium program, abstracts, and final (post peer-review) full papers.

Past Programs

The call for proposals is now closed.

View PDF of Call for Participation  View Past Symposium Programs 

Frameless Labs brings together diverse communities engaged in research, innovation, and artistic creations surrounding XR (VR/AR/MR) mediums and is under the umbrella of the RIT MAGIC Center.