On last 29th March 2014 till 2nd April 2014, there was a big event on virtual reality called IEEE VR 2014 which was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This virtual reality conference event actually has started since 1993 and during that time, it was known as Virtual Reality Annual International Symposium. During this IEEE VR event, there was a lot of workshops, presentations, tutorials, forums and discussions on topics related with virtual environments, augmented reality, 3D user interfaces and of course the virtual reality technology.
There are also exhibitions from major virtual reality players such as ESI, WorldViz, NVIS, CyberGlove Systems, NIVIDIA and many more. Inside the IEEE VR 2014 website, they publish the biography profile of the keynote and capstone speakers during the event who are Henry Fuchs, Ph.D and Hunter Hoffman, Ph.D. Henry was speaking about “Telepresence: Soon not just a dream and a promise” while Hunter was talking about “Digital Fear and Pain Control and the Oculus Rift: SnowWorld, SpiderWorld and WTC (World Trade Center) World“.
Besides, there are also the biography of those who won the two big awards this year. For “IEEE VGTC 2014 Virtual Reality Career Award“, it was awarded to Steven K. Feiner from Columbia University while “IEEE VGTC 2014 Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award” was presented to Doug A. Bowman from Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech, USA.
For your info, IEEE stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. But as time progress, this association is no longer exclusively to engineers but also consists of other professionals such as scientists, software developers, information technology (IT) professionals, physicists, medical doctors and many more.
For more info, you can visit IEEE VR 2014 official website at http://ieeevr.org/2014/. At least, you have to bookmark this website since the contents inside it are very invaluable. Although the event has passed, but the information inside the website is very, very useful and important and you might need it in the future.