Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie is an artist, scientist, and educator working in the areas of immersive worlds, games and social networks. She started her VR career in 1989 when she joined the Institute for Simulation and Training’s (IST) VR Group the Visual Systems Lab, where she pioneered the concept of creating emotionally evocative VR. With her partner, Mike Goslin, she created the VR called Virtopia, which had eight specially crafted VR worlds each designed to elicit different emotional responses. Virtopia was showcased the Florida Film Festival in Orlando in 1992 (the first time a VR project was showcased in a film festival).
Dr. Morie spent 13 years as a Sr. Research Scientist at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), which she helped found in 1999. Her work during this time included the invention of a scent collar for subtle VR smells and an infrasonic floor to elicit a visceral, though unheard, emotional response. Her initial work at the ICT focused on the creation of meaningful multi-sensory, virtual environments. Two basic developments in this work included the design and use of an infrasonic floor to produce a subconscious "emotional score" for the virtual experience, and the invention of a scent collar that was patented in 2004. Other notable works in that area include DarkCon and Memory Stairs, a montage of life event VR environments from before birth to near death, with a full range of 3D audio, scent and other sensory output.
The company she went on to found, All These Worlds, conducts projects including providing Mindfulness classes to soldiers via a networked social VR world (along with the Army Medical Command and the UCSD Center for Mindfulness). In 2016 she completed a 3-year project for NASA to build a VR prototype “Holodeck” called ANSIBLE for astronauts who will be going on long-duration space flights to places like Mars. ANSIBLE is expressly designed to mitigate the effects of sensory deprivation and social isolation inherent in such long missions and was shown to be effective in a recent year-long study in a Mars isolation habitat called HI-SEAS in Hawaii.
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