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Unlocking Potential: AI in Virtual Worlds Beyond the Headlines – Calongne, Stricker, Grant

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Moderation: Helena Galani/ ErlinaAzure

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Dr. Cynthia Calongne is professor at Parker University in Dallas, Texas in the College of Business and Technology since January 2020, full-time August 1, 2021.

Professor of Computer Science for 25 years and a software engineer with 13 years of experience.

Researcher in virtual reality, simulation and modeling, game design, interaction design, emerging media, higher education, and innovation.

Doctoral research on interaction designs for an immersive virtual environment with the CyberEye HMD, Dataglove, Polhemus tracker with receivers and a voice interface in 1995. Ongoing research on wearable devices, gesture-based recognition, Holodeck design, 3D games and simulations for survival, education, character strengths and leadership.

Goals: Research and extend the use of VR for education, socio-technical collaboration, modeling and simulation, games, gamification, research, futuring and innovation.

Specialties: creativity, innovation, game design, 3D design, and development.


Andy Stricker






Dr. Scott Grant, Monash University Australia

Has a passion for teaching Chinese language and culture and is particularly interested in the use of digital technology and ICT to enhance learner experiences. His current focus is on virtual worlds, VR, AR and developing educational simulations that complement more traditional curriculum, both classroom-based and online. My PhD thesis is titled “Getting Immersed in Chinese:Task-based language learning in a 3D virtual world simulation”.


Unlocking Potential: AI in Virtual Worlds Beyond the Headlines – Calongne, Stricker, Grant


April 27
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm