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Connecting disciplines to advance virtual and augmented reality

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Building on Rochester’s strengths in light and sound

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Forging strategic partnerships to develop VR/AR technology

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Our virtual reality and augmented reality research unites departments and programs from across the entire institution.

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Rochester, NY

Rochester—the University and the city—is uniquely poised to become an international leader in the realm of light and sound innovation.

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Applying VR/AR

Virtual reality and augmented reality are used in a variety of industries, from entertainment to education, health care to historic preservation.

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The call for trainees flyer.

PhD Training Program on Augmented and Virtual Reality

Attention Doctoral Graduate Students

Are you in the field of biomedical engineering, brain and cognitive sciences, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, neuroscience, or optics?

The University of Rochester’s PhD Training Program on Virtual and Augmented Reality is looking for PhD candidates who desire cross-training experience to pair with their existing studies.

How to Apply

The deadline is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on this unique experience!

  • For paid fellowship apply by July 1 (The funded fellowships can be offered to US citizens and permanent residents only.)
  • For general trainee program apply by August 15

Apply now for this opportunity


Contact the program coordinator, Kathleen DeFazio at

Feature Story

Augmented reality lets students operate a chemical plant

An augmented reality (AR) light table and 3D-printed chemical reactors connected by sticks are part of an innovative teaching experiment that allows student engineers to simulate reactions in a real-life, sprawling chemical plant.

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