Virtual Storytelling, Real Change

Virtual World Society


In today’s digital landscape generations of technology owners have become consumers of information instead of curators. Ben and his team work together with those closest to the challenges in their communities to empower them to become content creators, problem solvers, and beacons of light and hope. Join Ben Lok and Tom Furness during this week’s show to hear more about what they are doing and how you can help.

Ben Lok

Shadow Health University of Florida

Benjamin Lok is a Professor in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Department at the University of Florida and co-founder of Shadow Health, an education company. Professor Lok's research focuses on using virtual humans and mixed reality to train communication skills within the areas of virtual environments, human-computer interaction, and computer graphics. Professor Lok received a Ph. D. and M.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. He did a post-doc fellowship under Dr. Larry F. Hodges.

Professor Lok received the UF Innovator of the Year Award (2019), a UF Term Professorship (2017-2020), the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Faculty Mentoring Award (2016), a NSF Career Award (2007-2012), and the UF ACM CISE Teacher of the Year Award in 2005-2006. He and his students in the Virtual Experiences Research Group have received Best Paper Awards at IVA 2019, IEEE VR 2008, and ACM I3D (Top 3, 2003). He currently serves as the chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Virtual Reality conference. He has been the general co-chair of IEEE VR 2014 and IEEE VR 2013, and program co-chaired the ACM VRST 2009, IEEE Virtual Reality 2010, and IEEE Virtual Reality 2011 conferences. Professor Lok is an associate editor of Computer and Graphics.

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