Laval Virtual

Laval Virtual

Event Date: March 22nd thru the 26th
Location: Laval, France - Salle Polyvalente, Place de Hercé
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Laval Virtual is one of the most important events in Europe showcasing innovations and new technologies. Virtual reality and augmented reality are the core to the show. With more than 150 exhibitors and 40 countries represented, Laval Virtual is essential for professionals, students, tech enthusiasts and curious novices.

Laval Virtual was founded in 1999 by François d’Aubert’s momentum, former MP and mayor of Laval and Secretary of State for Research. The first edition was a huge success with more than 8000 participants and many Japanese universities. Laval became a major player in technologies. Over the years, Laval Virtual diversified and included augmented reality, interactive 3D and robotics.

In 2013, the number of exhibitors increases by 20%. In 2014, the surface area grew by 1000m² and in 2016 the whole area was 5500m².

Dr. Peddie and Kathleen Maher will be featured as keynote speakers at Laval Virtual. Dr. Peddie will give his address on Wednesday, March 22nd 10AM in the Diocèse Main Room

Kathleen Maher’s discussion will be on Wednesday, March 22nd 2PM in the Diocèse Main Room



Laval Virtual offers a professional forum, a startup area, round tables, scientific conferences, awards, an investmen forum, student competitions and the last two days are open for the general public.

To debate, think about what will make the future, and meet professionals:

  • Seminar
  • VRIC
  • Round Tables

Laval Virtual wants to make virtual reality reality and augmented reality more accessible. We want to promote technologies in every area and every job. With Laval Virtual, come and share your ideas. Expert or tech lover, you will discover projects and trends of tomorrow from 23rd to 27th March 2016.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Jon Peddie, President Jon Peddie Research

Dr. Jon Peddie is one of the pioneers of the graphics industry, and formed JPR to provide customer intimate consulting and market forecasting services.

He lectures at numerous conferences and universities on topics pertaining to graphics technology and the emerging trends in digital media technology. Recently named one of the most influential analysts, he regularly advises investors in the technology sector.

Frequently quoted in trade and business publications, he was the president of The Siggraph Pioneers, contributes articles to numerous publications and in 2015 was given the Life Time Achievement award from the CAAD society. He is also the author or co-author of several books including Graphics User Interfaces and Graphics Standards (1992), High Resolution Graphics Display Systems (1994), Multimedia and Graphics Controllers (1994), The History of Visual Magic in Computers (2013), and contributing author to six others, Contributing Editor, Handbook of Visual Display Technology (2016), and is currently working on a new book on Augmented Reality (2017).

Kathleen Maher, Vice president; Editor in chief; Tech Watch

Kathleen Maher is an experienced analyst tracking content creation and design software. Maher is the Editor-in-Chief of JPR's TechWatch Report, one of the most respected insider reports published today. She is the author of several well received reports including the 3D Modeling and Animation Report, The CAD Report, and also reports on video animation, print, and audio software.

She is the Editor in Chief of GraphicSpeak, a website covering graphics hardware and software, Contributing Editor for Computer Graphics World, a frequent contributor to Connect Press, and a contributor to the Handbook of Visual Display Technology (2011).

Before coming to Jon Peddie Research, Maher was a founding editor for several publications including the Austin Chronicle, a successful politics and entertainment magazine, which has won several awards and has launched the careers of many notable writers in the fields of political journalism, entertainment, and fiction.

Maher also helped launch Interactivity, a monthly multimedia magazine for creative professionals. She was Editor-in-Chief of Cadence Magazine, an award winning resource for CAD users.

Alvaro Cassinelli

Alvaro Cassinelli is an equilibrist walking the thin line between Art and Science.

Born in Uruguay, he obtained an Engineering degree in Telecommunications (Telecom ParisTech) and a Ph.D in Physics (University of Paris-XI), before moving to Japan where he created and lead the Meta-Perception group - a research unit specialized on Human-Computer Interfaces for enhancing human communication and expression.

He is presently working as CTO at SinergiaTech, the first FabLab in Uruguay. Openly experimenting in the field of Media Arts since 2004, he has been awarded several prizes as a Media Artist, including the Grand Prize [Art Division] at the 9th Japan Media Art Festival, an Excellence Prize [Entertainment Division] at the 13th Japan Media Art Festival, an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica 2006, the NISSAN Innovative Concept Award (2010), and the Jury Grand Prize at Laval Virtual (2011).

Pr. Mark Billinghurst, University of South Australia

He earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and researches innovative computer interfaces that explore how virtual and real worlds can be merged, publishing over 300 papers in topics such as wearable computing, Augmented Reality and mobile interfaces.

Prior to joining the University of South Australia he was Director of the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury and he has previously worked at British Telecom, Nokia, Google and the MIT Media Laboratory.

His MagicBook project, was winner of the 2001 Discover award for best entertainment application, and he received the 2013 IEEE VR Technical Achievement Award for contributions to research and commercialization in Augmented Reality. In 2013 he was selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.​

Pr Masahiko Inami, Research Center for Advanced Sciences and Technology at the University of Tokio

His research interest is in Augmented Human, human I/O enhancement technologies including perception, HCI and robotics.

He received BE and MS degrees in bioengineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and PhD in the Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) from the University of Tokyo in 1999.

He joined the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tokyo, and in 1999, he moved to the University of Electro-Communications. In April 2008, he moved to Keio University, where he served as a Professor of the Graduate School of Media Design and the Vice-director of the International Virtual Reality Center till October 2015.

In November 2015, he rejoined the University of Tokyo, and served as a Professor at the Department of Information Physics and Computing. His scientific achievements include the Retro-reflective Projection Technology (RPT) known as "Optical Camouflage," which was chosen as one of the coolest inventions of 2003 by /TIME/ magazine. Hisinstallations have appeared at Ars Electronica Center. He proposed and organized the Superhuman Sports Society.