Michigan State University

Join us for the second annual XR Symposium!

February 12th, 2020 9 AM - 5 PM
MSU Main Library, Green Room, 4 West

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eXtended Reality refers to Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and related technologies that use computer-generated graphics to immerse users in responsive digital environments that mimic or augment their real-world perceptions. Whether via fully immersive headsets, mobile applications, or immersive visualization spaces that allow you to walk into a digitally-created environment, these technologies combine your perceptions of physical of digital realities to enable new insights and experiences.

We are excited to return with this event, which will bring scholars, practitioners, educators, and technologists together in an effort to engage, educate, collaborate, and inform future innovations at MSU. Colleagues from across campus will share and demonstrate their work and experiences related to eXtended Reality (XR) in an effort to understand the campus-wide impacts of these emerging technologies. Further, this symposium looks toward collaborations for future application within the context of our collective MSU work. Attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the XR arena, talk with vendors representing a cross-section of XR products, and have the opportunity to critically experience and examine various methodologies and associated applications at MSU.

This year's featured talk will be from Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz, CEO of Rust Ltd. Adam is the Chief Executive Officer of the award-winning design studio, RUST LTD., creators of the best-selling virtual reality game, Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. He has designed and consulted for clients such as Dave and Buster’s, the Independent Television Service, Nokia, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, and Toyota. He is also the author of a full-length collection of digital poetry and games, AFEELD, which was published by the Collaboratory for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech in 2017. Adam is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Culture at Occidental College, where he serves as Director of the Playwork Lab. Adam will be discussing this incredible career, including how to keep teams and projects fresh through the years and iterations.

In addition to our presentations and demo's of XR experiences and XR technologies, the XRS will also host a presentation from Joy Horvath of Unity Education, who will be modeling how Unity is used to create non-game virtual reality environments, such as in architecture, engineering, and construction, or other industries such as Film and Industrial/Automotive.


(please note, this schedule is a draft and will be finalized closer to event date)

8:45 -  9:00 am: Registration

9:00 -  9:10 am: Welcome remarks

9:10 - 10:00 am: Introduction to eXtended Reality Technologies, Jeremy Bond, Media and Information

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Talks from MSU XR Creators and Educators

12:00 - 1:30 pm: Lunch and presentation by Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz (Green Room, 4 West)

1:30 - 3:30 pm: Corporate Partner Presentations and Demo's (Digital Scholarship Lab, 2 West)

3:30 - 4:15 pm: Using Unity for Non-Game Applications: a live demo by Joy Horvath of Unity Education (Digital Scholarship Lab's Classroom space, 2 West)

4:00 - 5:00 pm: Mixer (Green Room, 4 West)

Check out last year's program here.

Email questions to Terence O'Neill

The XR Symposium is a collaboration between:

MSU Libraries

Learning and Assessment Center

The Hub


College of Arts and Letters

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

The Game Design and Development Program

The GEL Lab