Upcoming Events:


Thank you for visiting our page! We are currently working on planning events for 2022 and will be updating the page shortly. You can subscribe to our monthly newsletter at the bottom of this page if you are interested in getting updates about upcoming SMART-VR events!

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SMART-VR Community Showcase Follow-Up:

SMART-VR Community Showcase

We are pleased to announce the first USC SMART-VR virtual Community Showcase on January 26, 2021 from 2-3 pm. This will be the first in a series of showcases featuring short, exciting talks by members of our SMART-VR community about their current research and VR/AR projects. Talks will be accompanied by immersive, 360° demo content that you can view on your own, in the comfort of your own home, using a VR cardboard headset.

Free VR cardboard headsets will be mailed to the first 150 registrants!

Schedule of events: 

  • 2-2:45 PM: TALKS
    Join us for short talks from Drs. Rizzo, Finley, Liew, Pa & Ard on their latest VR/AR projects
  • 2:45 – 3 PM: LIVE Q&A and DISCUSSION
    Stay on Zoom after the talks to engage in a live Q&A and discussion with the speakers
  • AFTER: VR/AR DEMOS (on your own)
    Try out immersive demos of the projects from the comfort of your own home. Load the SMART-VR Youtube 360 Demos Playlist on your smartphone and put your phone into the SMART-VR cardboard headset to try out the 360 VR environments. (Note: final demo videos will be updated on 1/26/2021). If you did not yet receive a SMART-VR cardboard headset, email us at
To learn more about the Schol-AR app, visit
To learn more about the SMART-VR Virtual Tour app, visit
You can also use our headsets to explore our SMART-VR Virtual Tour App, available for both iOS and Android smartphones.

SMART-VR ICT Open House Event Recap (2.20.2020)

We had a great showing at our February event at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies! Special thanks to our speaker Jessica Brillhart who gave a fantastic talk on future directions for VR/AR and to all those who gave demos of their exciting VR/AR content!

Feel free to share your pictures on the SMART-VR slack workspace!

USC SMART-VR Launch Party

We will be officially launching the USC SMART-VR Center on Tuesday, October 29, from 5-7:30 pm at the Edmondson Faculty Center where there will be food and drink during networking sessions along with talks and demos on VR/AR research. As the date is close to Halloween, costumes are encouraged! A prize will be given for the best AR/VR/XR-themed costume.
If you would like to join, please RSVP by October 23, 2019. 
There will also be a little space available for demos; if you are interested in demoing your project, please contact us at by October 23.

USC Virtual Technologies for Health Symposium

The first annual Virtual Technologies for Health Symposium will bring together researchers within the USC community who are engaged in the development and evaluation of VR/AR technologies for the assessment of sensorimotor function and rehabilitation. This one-day symposium will serve as a forum for scientific discourse, brainstorming and ideation, and community-building among the USC VR community.
We reached capacity for the symposium.

Click here to view the program

Save the date: September 28, 2018 (9am - 5pm)
Location: Sullivan Center, 1540 Alcazar St., Los Angeles, 

Final Schedule of Events

Sullivan Center

8:00-9:00AM         Registration/Breakfast

9:00-9:30AM          Symposium Introduction: James Finley and James Gordon

9:30-9:50AM           Ice Breaker 


9:50-10:00AM         Break 

10:00-10:20AM       Talk 1: Judy Pa Targeting physical and cognitive activity in a VR environment to combat age-related disease

10:20-10:40AM       Talk 2: James Finley Design and development of virtual reality interventions for locomotion

10:40-11:00AM       Talk 3: Carolee Winstein Virtual Reality for Neurorehabilitation: Fun and Games, or Is There More

11:00-12:00PM        Keynote Lecture: Skip Rizzo Is Clinical Virtual Reality Ready for Primetime?

12:00-1:00PM          Catered Lunch 

1:00-1:20PM            Talk 4: Arno Hartholt Virtual Humans for Clinical Care

1:20-1:40PM            Talk 5: Dominique Duncan Correcting Segmentation Errors in Neuroimaging Data using Virtual Reality

1:40-2:00PM            Talk 6: Sook-Lei Liew Virtual reality for stroke rehabilitation

2:00-2:20PM            Talk 7: Vangelis Lympouridis Virtual Reality and Pain Management

2:20-2:40PM            Talk 8:  Tyler Ard Neuroscientific Data Visualization in Virtual Reality

Sullivan Center

2:40-2:50PM            Break 

2:50-3:20PM            Talks:Murat Burme, Dominique Duncan, Brian Cohn, Tyler Ard, Aram Kim (5 min each)

Outside Lawn

3:20-4:30PM            Poster Session


4:30-5:00PM            “Take Home Messages” Questions & Discussion

5:30 - until                 Happy Hour and Dinner at The Edmondson(on campus)

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Contact Info:
James Finley, PhD
Department of Biokinesiology