Jacquelyn Ford Morie MS, MFA, PhD
With degrees in both art and computer science, Dr. Morie has 25 years experience in developing innovative techniques for rich, emotionally evocative virtual reality (VR) environments. As part of this pioneering work, she invented a scent collar to bring the emotional power of smell to immersive experiences, and developed new types of functions for VR, such as connections to multiple sensor and feedback systems to make VR more effective. Dr. Morie spent 13 years as a Sr. Research Scientist at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), which she helped found. While there, she created novel VR telehealth care activities using her deep understanding of art, computer animation and human behavior to enhance patient engagement with these programs.
In the mid-1990s, Dr. Morie started comprehensive computer animation training programs at Walt Disney Feature Animation combining art and technology topics, which she later expanded to the special effects industries at studios such as Rhythm and Hues. Prior to that, Morie worked at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training, where she developed techniques to make VR environments more immersive and emotionally compelling, and helped lead a group of innovative students called The Toy Scouts. She has been expanding her VR research to include neuroscience and avatars, developing methods to determine how such technologies can effect positive change in those who use them.
She was part of the DARPA Information, Science And Technology think tank from 2011 through 2015, and lectures extensively on how technology will affects our future selves and humanity.
She is the Founder and Chief Scientist of her VR company All These Worlds, LLC, which builds virtual environments for NASA and the Army Medical Command. She has recently formed a second company for Augmented Reality applications, The Augmented Traveler Corporation. More information can be found at alltheseworldsllc.com.
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Creating Meaningful Works of Virtual Reality (VR) Experiences
Drawing on my 25 year history of creating meaningful virtual reality experiences, I will discuss the techniques I have developed to help evoke emotional responses from participants in such spaces....
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- History of Virtual Reality