The College of Computing will be represented at Dragon Con this week in Atlanta, with faculty members participating in a handful of panels.
There will be one panel each on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that features a member of the College. All three are part of the video game track at the Westin.
The following is a rundown on events that will feature GT Computing panelists.
Augmented and Virtual Reality, 1 p.m. Friday at the Westin Augusta E-G
- This panel will feature School of Interactive Computing (IC) Professor Blair MacIntyre and Maribeth Coleman, who is the director of the Interactive Media Technology Center (IMTC) and associate director of interactive media for the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT). The panel will look at the history and future of virtual reality in video games, and also feature Roger Altizer (University of Utah), and Mike Capps (former president of Epic Games).
Dystopian Tech and Gaming, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Westin Augusta E-G
- This panel will also feature MacIntyre, Coleman, and Altizer, along with Georgia Tech Research Scientist Clint Zeagler (wearable computing, textile interfaces, animal computer interaction) and Emory University Professor Susan Tamasi (linguistics). The panel examines the ramifications of connecting our lives more closely through technology and the way we tell stories through that. What effect does gamifying our lives, health, experiences, and relationships have on our humanity and the future of how we relate to what surrounds us?
Toys That Are Changing the Future of Gaming, 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Westin Augusta E-G
- Coleman and MacIntyre will be joined by IC Professor Thad Starner and IMTC Research Scientist Laura Levy. José P. Zagal (University of Utah) will also be on the panel. Panelists will discuss revolutionary technology like neural interfaces, contact lens monitors, and more innovations just over the horizon for consumers. Additionally, they will talk about how we could co-opt that tech for video games.
Dragon Con is a multigenre convention founded in 1987 that takes place annually over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta. As of 2016, the convention draws over 77,000 attendees, features hundreds of guests, and encompasses five hotels in the Peachtree Center neighborhood of downtown Atlanta.