SLAIS Colloquium Fall 2017

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at University of British Columbia, is pleased to welcome Dr. Ray Hsu, Digital media artist, Chair of the UBC Virtual and Augmented Reality User Group, Faculty in Residence at UBC’s Emerging, as a speaker in our Winter 2017 Colloquium program. He is speaking Thursday, September 14, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the topic of “VIRTUAL REALITY / AUGMENTED REALITY + BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACES.”

The talk will be given in the Dodson Room (Room 302), located on the 3rd floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC. Registration is not necessary and the talk is open to all interested members of the community. Light refreshments will be served.


Description of the talk:

What if we could form an actual hive-mind? What if we could communicate or share emotions without language or art as we know it? What if we could read (and write to) each other’s minds? Dr. Ray Hsu discusses how their work in spatial computing (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality) has led to their current work in the Eyemole research group integrating these immersive technologies with electroencephalography (EEG) brain computer interfaces. Their projects are available as open source code with documentation at


Dr. Ray Hsu is a digital media artist and chair of the UBC Virtual and Augmented Reality User Group and Faculty in Residence at UBC’s Emerging Media Lab, where they are a member of Eyemole, a team of scientist-artists working to integrate virtual reality and brain computer interfaces. Dr. Ray received their Ph.D. in English Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, their Hons. B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto, and studied at Cornell University’s School of Criticism and Theory. They are author of two books and have taught at the UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, the UBC Creative Writing Program, and the Banff Centre. They also taught writing in a U.S. prison for over two years.

For more on Dr. Ray’s work, see: