Panel Discussion: Real Violence and Virtual Reality
This discussion considers the concept of embodiment in virtual reality and how it might impact on the user’s experience of violence and the abject, beyond the illusory. Panellists include researcher Mel Slater (ICREA, Event Lab).
Mel Slater is a research professor at ICREA, located at the University of Barcelona in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology. He is co-Director of the Event Lab (Experimental Virtual Environments for Neuroscience and Technology). His background is computer science in the field of computer graphics and virtual reality. He started a VR research group at what is now Queen Mary, University of London in 1990, and joined the Department of Computer Science at UCL in 1996 where he founded the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group, and was Professor of Virtual Environments from 1997. He is currently in a one-year part-time appointment as Immersive Fellow with London's Digital Catapult. Slater is a co-Founder of Virtual Bodyworks S.L.