The Digital Humanities Center Presents…


DHC PresentsVirtual Reality, VSim, and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893: Is There Hope for the Technically Challenged?

Please join us for the next in our Digital Humanities Speaker Series with a presentation by Dr. Lisa Snyder, Associate Director of the Experiential Technologies Center, UCLA.
Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012 / 4-5:30pm / 114 Avery Hall / Reception to follow

A specialist in the use of interactive virtual reality environments to study and teach about historic urban environments, LISA SNYDER is senior member of UCLA’s Urban Simulation Team, on staff with UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education, and an associate director of the Experiential Technologies Center. For the Israel Antiquities Authority, she created a three-dimensional interactive digital reconstruction of the Temple Mount complex, and, more recently, is developing a computer simulation of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition that is regularly showcased at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. 

 An architectural historian, she holds a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from UCLA.   Her work has been recognized as “the best of UCLA” by the institution’s vice chancellor.
 Dr. Snyder’s pioneering work with real-time visual simulation technology provides unprecedented opportunities for experiential interpretation of and innovative pedagogy involving cultural heritage sites.   Based on extensive archaeological and historical research, her highly detailed computer reconstructions allow users to explore built environments that no longer exist. Snyder is currently working with a team of programmers on an NEH-funded project to develop a new software interface (VSim) to facilitate educational use of three-dimensional computer models.