Symposium: XR for the people

Science, technology, applications, and implications

Date: June 13th, 2022

Time: 12:00h – 19:00h GMT+3

Venue: Reichman University, Chais Auditorium (CL05), Arazi-Ofer building

Address: HaUniversita 8 8, Herzliya, 4610101, Israel


12:00 – 12:45 – Live demos + Refreshment
12:45 – 13:00 – Welcome notes and overview of Reichman University activities in XR

Rafi Melnick, President, Reichman University

Noam Lemelshtrich-Latar, Head of RUNI Innovation Center, Reichman University

Doron Friedman, Head of the Advanced Reality Lab (ARL), Reichman University

13:00 – 14:00 –  Remote virtual discussion / live performance: Is virtual reality genuine reality? 

David Chalmers, Philosopher, New York University

Mel Slater, Investigator and Co-director of the Event Lab, University of Barcelona

Doron Friedman, Professor and Head of the Advanced Reality Lab, Reichman University

Jeremy Fogel, Professor, Tel Aviv University

…and a surprise guest.

14:00 – 14:05 – Khronos Group background

Yehiel Atias, Co-Founder and CEO, Hexa3D

14:05 – 14:45 – Industry Panel: Commerce in the metaverse -“Fashioneverse” as study case

Matan Zohar, AR Engineer, Snap

Marilyn Boccara Levi, Chief of Staff, Tetavi

Jonathan Clark, Co-Founder and CTO, Hexa

14:45 – 15:00 – Break
15:00 – 16:00 – XR, mind, and brain – from science to applications

Gurit Birnbaum, Professor, Reichman University

  • Biting the Forbidden Fruit: The Effect of Flirting with a Virtual Agent on Attraction to Real Alternative and Existing Partners

Amir Amedi, Professor, Reichman University

  • VR and other immersive environments to study neuroplasticity and to pilot claustrophobia and stress reduction in cancer patients

Anat Klomek Brunstein, Professor, Reichman University

  • VR for increasing psychological resilience and preventing suicide

Moderator: Maya Shekel, VR Project Manager, Advanced Reality Lab

16:00 – 16:15 – Break
16:15 – 17:15 – VR: Applications in Mental Health and Training

Miki Levy, CTO, XRHealth

  • Building the therapeutic metaverse

Niron Hashai, Professor, Reichman University and Dr. Daniel Landau, CEO, AVR Immersive Solutions

  • Immersive Learning – transforming the case study method

Moreah Zisquit, Professor, Reichman University

  • VR and AI for mental health: Some Lessons from the Socrates project

Alex Mintz, Professor, Reichman University

  • XRDecisions: A Virtual Reality Decision Making Simulator for Intensive Care Units and Emergency Response

Moderator: Ronit Elyoseph, PhD Candidate, Reichman University

17:15 – 17:30 – Break
17:30 – 18:00 – “From social media to metaverse (GuestXR)”

RUNI School of Communications staff: Dr. Tsahi Hayat, Dr. Beatrice Hasler, Shai Benbasat (Mr. Shibolet)

Moderator: Doron Friedman, Advanced Reality Lab

18:00 – 18:15 – Break
18:15 – 19:00 – Remote keynote speaker

Jeremy Bailenson, Professor, Stanford