Virtual Reality (VR) and the Berlin Wall Experience

DATE:   Thursday, March 21, 2019
FROM:  7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE:  Torpedo Factory Art Center (directions below)

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to present, Rob Cloutier, owner of Digital History Studios. Joining Mr. Cloutier will be guest speaker Dr. Peter Inker, Director of Historical Research and Digital History at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have the ability to enhance education for visitors to museums.  Mr. Cloutier will be focusing specifically on his involvement with the Newseum’s Berlin Wall Experience VR exhibit for the HTC Vive. He will present on key concepts for museum exhibit design, logistics of VR technology within exhibit space, as well as how to design VR experiences that are intuitive for visitors who have never tried the technology before.  Mr. Cloutier will cover several issues of incorporating VR technology in large public venues and how they may be incorporated into exhibit space.

Dr. Inker will be discussing the creation of AR experiences for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Please join us on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center as we explore the changing world of CGI with Rob Cloutier.

Rob Cloutier BIO
Rob Cloutier, owner of Digital History Studios has been a 3D cinematic animator for the past 25+ years, 12 of which had been in the computer gaming field.  He has worked on several high profile games such as Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, Sid Meier’s Pirates, Sid Meier’s Railroads, Rise of Nations and many other history-oriented titles.  He has taught classes on 3D animation, and recently served as an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus (UMBC), teaching a course on Virtual Reality.  He has also been active in the VR community organizing, hosting and presenting on several VR panel discussions for various groups in DC, Boston and Puerto Rico.

360 Animation Demo reel:
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Dr. Peter Inker BIO
Director of Historical Research and Digital History, at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia USA, the world’s largest open-air living history museum.  Dr. Inker has a long track record of work in all areas of cultural heritage, archaeology, digital reconstruction, historical interpretation, and guest experience.  PhD in Archaeology from Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd, where he taught classes in Classical and British archaeology, archaeological practice, material analysis, reconstruction and illustration.  30 years of archaeological experience, 12 years working with digital heritage in virtual and augmented reality environments.


Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at the intersection of King Street and N. Union Street in Old Town Alexandria

Paid parking is available across the street from the Torpedo Factory or you can take the free trolley from the King Street metro center. Paid street parking is available in most areas of Old Town Alexandria. There is limited free parking in nearby residential areas, but it is restricted to two hours. There are several garages within walking distance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, too. For real-time maps to locate parking in garages, visit the ParkMe website or download their free iPhone app. Parking regulations are strictly enforced by the City of Alexandria. Parking is free after 9 pm, on Sundays, and on state holidays. Persons with proper handicapped identification on their cars may park free at any meter and are exempt from residential parking sticker requirements.

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