My talk commences with an introduction to Insper College, a pioneering institution located in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Specifically, I will focus on the cutting-edge Insper engineering programs meticulously crafted to adopt the most effective pedagogic strategies known to date. Moving forward, I will shift to the world of virtual reality technologies. I will present the trajectory of virtual reality, bringing its profound evolution over the years. My focus will revolve around one of the most influential breakthroughs in the field - the inception of CAVEs (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) at the University of Illinois in 1992. These remarkable creations drastically transformed the landscape of virtual reality, leaving an indelible mark on the domain.
Luciano Soares is a professor at Insper since 2013. He played a key role in creating and implementing innovative engineering programs at the institution. Luciano currently leads the Engineering Capstone Project and the Virtual Reality and Digital Games laboratory. With a Ph.D. from Escola Politécnica da USP and a post-doctorate from INESC/IST, ADETTI/ISCTE, INRIA Grenoble, Luciano's expertise spans Virtual and Augmented Reality, Digital Games, Computer Graphics, and Engineering Education. Previously, he was a professor at PUC-Rio and served as the president of the Special Committee on Virtual Reality of the Brazilian Computer Society. In fall 2023, Luciano Soares will be a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.