In partnership with the TU Berlin, UBC, UVic, and the Royal BC Museum, BC Stories has created a short Virtual Reality puzzle game centred around the now historic site of the town of Barkerville, which was the locus of the Cariboo Gold Rush, the largest gold rush that happened in BC.
The team at the Technical University of Berlin had their imaginations captured by this small mining colony that grew rapidly from tents to a town. They used Natural language interactions & speech recognition to create a quiz game intended to educate and elicit curiosity about both the site of the Historic Town of Barkerville and the larger context of the gold rush in BC's formation and colonization.
Dr. Derek Jacoby
I'm Derek. I was at Microsoft for about a decade working on the windows team and in Microsoft Research as lead program manager on the speech recognition team. I was the designer and developer of the “How do I” language model in Windows, which allows you, for instance, to say things like “How do I add a user?” and have it bring up the appropriate help page. I left Microsoft wanting to return to Canada and go back to grad school. I received my PhD from University of Victoria last year, and have been doing a lot of web development, some interesting signal processing, working with electronics and embedded systems, and developing VR applications. I am also founder and president of the Victoria Makerspace, a collective tool workshop from which some of our team members are drawn for this project. I am also doing a post-doc with Yvonne at UVic, run a boutique development company called QVirt labs, and am a mentor for a local web development bootcamp called lighthouse labs.
Dr. Yvonne Coady
I work with the MOD(ularity) Squad (the grooviest gang of students to ever attempt to improve the modularity of system infrastructure software), in the Computer Science Department, in the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Victoria, Canada. Research Interests: mixed reality systems, citizen science, emerging avenues of advanced modularity across the software stack, and new programming paradigms and future pedagogical directions for immersive applications
Hey everyone! My name is Sophie Miethe. I’m a bachelor student of “Media Computer Science” at TU Berlin. In my time at university I could already acquire some programming skills but I haven’t worked in a real job with it yet. Alongside my studies I’m working as a dancer/dance teacher.
Some years ago for a lot of people to experience Virtual Reality with glasses was still a thing of the future and now you can buy it everywhere. I have no experiences with VR technologies but I’m really excited to learn and work with it. I’ve always been interested in gaming, developing and storytelling for itself. So this is a great opportunity for me to work and learn in this area. The composition of various components like museum, VR and audience interaction is a great idea! I’m curious how we will implement this and give the players the best possible game and learning experience. I’m looking forward to work with everyone at this international collaborative project!!
My name is Neha Mishra. I am an Indian student, currently pursuing master in Computer Engineering at TU Berlin.
I am deeply interested in the fields of Computer Vision and 3D Imaging. I am familiar with C, C++, MatLab and have basic knowledge of VHDL, Cadence, Oracle and MeshLab. Currently I am serving as a Student research assistant(HiWi) at Computer Vision & Remote Sensing department of TU Berlin. Here, in a small team, using Qtcreator, Github and C++; I am developing a GUI-Tool to evaluate the camera calibrations calculated by Structure-from-Motion (SfM) algorithms. Simultaneously, I am working with Blender, Meshlab & Cmake to have better composition of UV charts for the given compositions of building facades. In the recent past I served as a HiWi on project Robust Camera Self Calibration. In that project I was responsible for acquiring point clouds and marker's position for three dimensional reconstruction of various objects. Also I worked with Meshlab for the creation of three dimensional mesh of the reconstructed point clouds. In my B.Tech. as well I worked on various MatLab based projects, viz. Iris Recognition using Gabor filter and SVM(Support Vector Machines) with UBIRIS database, Real time face recognition using SIFT algorithm and Simulation of OCDMA (Optical Code Division Multiple Access) codes, etc.
I am really very excited to work on this project with such a diverse and knowledgeable experts and team-mates.
Damian Dominik Martinez Dreyer
I would love to apply and combine my knowledge and gain new insights into VR and the multi-modal interaction involved throughout our project.
I'm Daniel and a student of “Media Computer Science” at TU Berlin and currently in my 6th term. During my study I had the opportunity to gain insights in a couple of different fields, including Computer Graphics, Image Processing, Software Engineering and Functional Programming. Beside my study I worked as a iOS Developer for a German messenger client for soccer fans called “IMFootball”. While I also have a solid background with other programming languages, I look forward for this new project beyond the Apple universe and hope to learn a lot of new stuff regarding multi modal interaction in a such a practical project that is open for new ideas.
My name is Satria and I came here to Berlin from Jakarta, Indonesia 4 years ago to pursuit my Bachelor degree. I'm currently in the last year of the bachelor “Media Computer Science” program at TU Berlin. In the past 4 years I've learned different things such as Speech Technologies, Databases, Software Engineering, Functional Programming and Web Technologies. For the last 1,5 years I've been working in an android team for a news company. The first year was spent on establishing an environment for the automated tests of the android app and writing the tests. 6 Months ago I started going deeper into the development. I'm really excited to learn even more stuffs from this project and contribute for it!
My name is Max. First year CS master student at TU Berlin. I'm coming from a background in web development, but over the years I've worked with all kinds of things, including Unity and 360 cameras. Really passionate about all things virtual reality. My huge interest right now is WebVR and all the possibilities having interactive experiences on internet opens for educational and storytelling applications. This is first VR project of such scale for me, so extremely excited to be part of the team and help bring an amazing museum experience to life!