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Science on Tap
A monthly lecture series at UMD that explores the latest discoveries in science and technology in a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink

Virtual Reality: Hype or Hope?

Real-world applications of virtual and augmented reality that have an impact

Amitabh Varshney

Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

Milkboy Art House

MilkBoy ArtHouse
7416 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

Space is limited. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Happy hour specials will be available until 7 p.m.

Questions? Contact Abby Robinson
at or 301-405-5845.

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While gaming and entertainment have propelled immense growth in the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), are these technologies really capable of changing our society? Amitabh Varshney and his team at the Maryland Blended Reality Center believe so, and they're currently working on projects that can literally save lives and transform how we interact with the world around us. Varshney will discuss the use of VR and AR in emergency medicine, both for diagnostic imaging and medical training. Other work involves the use of VR to help law enforcement agencies recognize and combat implicit bias. And his team's work with creative artists at UMD offers exciting new ways for people to experience the joy and beauty of an opera performance.

This event is a partnership between the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and The Clarice and MilkBoy ArtHouse, a local crossroads for dynamic entertainment, social gathering and creative dining in downtown College Park, Maryland. This event is also sponsored by the UMD Science Alumni Network.

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