Learn More About Jeremy Bailenson
We are living through the virtual revolution. Right under our noses, the steady evolution of virtual and augmented media is upending the ways we work, learn and communicate.
Jeremy Bailenson, Department of Communication Professor at Stanford University and founding director of its pioneering Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), is the foremost expert in VR and AR. The faculty director of Stanford’s Digital Learning Forum and the faculty leader of its Center for Longevity, Bailenson has deeply influenced today’s interactive media theorists and practitioners, as well as business leaders seeking to better understand technology, productivity and the future of work.
With the recent introduction of the “metaverse” to our lexicon, it’s no surprise that since 2003 Bailenson has been helping companies – including Samsung, HP and Apple – develop the underlying technology that fuels the metaverse, as well as teaching and building on his “Virtual People” course. In November 2021, his class went completely virtual – among the first in the world to offer such an experience – allowing students to learn and engage in an immersive virtual classroom.
“Our class IS the metaverse,” says Bailenson. “Nobody has tried to network 100 plus students via VR headsets for months at a time in the history of virtual reality, or even in the history of teaching. It’s VR at an incredible scale. It is the perfect example of how to build the infrastructure – hardware, software, content and people – and to build a persistent virtual world of avatars and scenes that people actually use.”
As the co-founder of STRIVR, a VR-based immersive learning platform provider, Bailenson works with numerous Fortune 500 companies and professional sports teams to reinvent learning and training through VR experiences. His seminal book on VR psychology, “Infinite Reality,” has influenced corporate strategy, national security and even the Supreme Court.
“Over the past few years, the cost to deploy VR has plummeted and the technology has expanded into more general use,” says Bailenson. “While VR was beginning to catch on before COVID-19, the push to remote work is fast-tracking the need for such tools.”
Bailenson’s latest book, “Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do” (Norton, 2018), expands upon his previous research to demonstrate how VR can revolutionize company practices across industries such as health care, sports and manufacturing. His most recent academic work focuses on VR as a tool to recruit, train and acculturate employees, instill values, reduce workforce fatigue and help solve climate change.
A gifted and highly in-demand speaker, Bailenson incorporates live VR demonstrations into his presentations, allowing audiences to experience the technology directly, rather than abstractly. With more than two decades of VR research produced under his management, he shares trends and analysis from VHIL’s extensive data sets — recognized as the best in the academic world for VR and AR.
By pulling back the curtain on today’s cutting-edge technologies, Bailenson helps audiences understand how to navigate the VR and AR landscapes and bring about overdue changes to traditional education.
“We are now seeing radical shifts occur in industries as diverse as retail, logistics and customer service because of immersive technologies,” says Bailenson. “VR and AR are the perfect media for this moment.”
Jeremy Bailenson serves on the scientific advisory boards of numerous companies, including Samsung, HP, High Fidelity, Mursion and Speech Graphics. In the public sector, he advises the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, the National Resource Council and the National Institutes of Health. His research has been used by companies such as Facebook, the NFL and Microsoft, and has been documented in nearly 100 academic papers across the fields of communication, computer science, education, law, political science and psychology.
A senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Bailenson’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation for more than a decade. His previous teaching roles include working as an assistant research professor at the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University.
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