April 19, 2018


The Emerging Media BC Community of Practice (previously Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality Group) is a working user group composed of faculty and students across academic departments, Information Technology and curriculum staff, interested community members based off-campus, and many others whose work and interests are situated at the intersection of virtual/augmented reality, research and education. Meeting every second Friday of the month, the Emerging Media BC Community gets together to discuss and learn about not only the new VR/AR innovations but also many other emerging technology. As a diverse community that features faculty, staff, students and industry professionals, the Emerging Media BC Community of Practice has a place and function for everyone.

Emerging Media BC Community of Practice serves three purposes:

  1. Provide a forward-looking forum in which we share current projects and bring expertise to forecasting and shaping the future of this area
  2. Provide a stimulating environment in which we solve concrete challenges in and around immersive technology in relation to education and research
  3. Provide a strong network that brings opportunities for us to collaborate across different communities that care about the role of virtual/augmented reality in education and research

Agenda for February 8, 2019 Meeting


For February 2019, the Emerging Media BC Community will focus on the specific implementations of sound and audio, as well as sound-driven applications within VR.

Yao Wang – Industry Speaker

Yao Wang is a multimedia composer, sound designer and producer. She started ICTUS, an immersive content creation company that specializes in spatial audio. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Yao worked at MIT for about a year to help integrate VR into their curriculum. Her time is now fully dedicated to her passion for music, art and storytelling. Yao wants to explore the limits of creative expression through cutting edge tech, passionate composition and bold ideas!

William Beltran – Student

William worked on interactive orchestra and will discuss this project. Emerging media lab had been wanting to create an experience, with an orchestra as the theme, for a most of 2018. Originally the idea consisted of an experience that would use 360 video to observe an orchestra in VR. Last term Dr. Jirard, conductor of orchestras at UBC School of Music, approached EML with the intention of modifying this project into one where the user takes the role of the conductor. And thus, development on Interactive Orchestra began. William will be discussing the development process, along with future prospects of where we believe this project can go.

Patrick Pennefather – Academia

Dr. Pennefather will present an experiential listening experience with live, virtual and mixed use cases focusing on the UX of sound in front of, behind, above and below!

Past meetings