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Thursday, October 18, 2007

[Gfx-cafe] GFX Cafe Seminar Friday Oct 5, 2007

GFX Café Seminar Friday October 19, 2007
12noon, MECH 208


Food will be served

Immersive Experiential Content: Hologram to Holodeck
by Pete Rogina, WorldScape

The Star Trek Holodeck is often heralded as the holy grail of
immersive media. Join Peter Rogina, President of WorldScape, for an
interactive discussion on the driving vision and technical challenges
of enabling real world-based immersive imaging. This talk will cover
topics ranging from fundamental enabling technical concepts to
practical considerations for the proliferation of experiences to the
in-home masses.

Peter Rogina received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens
Institute of Technology in 1984. He is an accomplished holographer,
stereo photographer, and has spoken at and/or chaired numerous
industry events related to Virtual Reality as a catalyst for human
comprehension. During the early days of his transition from being a
holographic artist to developing a medium based upon real-world
experiences, Mr. Rogina realized the importance of both burgeoning
compression technologies and advanced computing technologies and
architectures. In January 2000, he began full-time efforts with
WorldScape, a company he formed in 1994 to pursue real world-based
immersive imaging.

Prior to WorldScape, Mr. Rogina was with Hewlett Packard where he
was, among other things, responsible for starting and managing a
telecommunications systems business in the U.S. that grew to over
$100M. Upon leaving HP in the late 90's, he ran a publicly trading
wavelet compression company and then was President of Cambridge
Parallel Processing, a SIMD computing company.

WorldScape has gone on to secure numerous government contracts
totaling over $6 Million for the development and demonstration of
advanced image, signal, and sensor processing hardware and
software. Complemented by private investment and other commercial
business, WorldScape has been developing a real-world capture system
based on large arrays of high-resolution imagers and a real-time
scene reconstruction engine based on scaled-SIMD technology. The
goal is to capture and deliver photorealistic immersive
experiences. With an initial focus on the enabling technologies for
practical hardware implementations, the Company established it's
logo, "If a picture's worth a thousand words, what's reality worth?"

WorldScape is expanding into New Mexico and expects to continue its
leadership in the areas of capture and processing hardware systems
for government and commercial applications. One of Mr. Rogina's
goals is to travel around the world and produce meaningful
experiences that leverage the power of the new medium to educate,
entertain, and catalyze social change.

Pradeep Sen
Assistant Professor
Advanced Graphics Lab
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico
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