October 2, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee 7.0 Conference
Scheduled at Shawnee State University
For the seventh year, Shawnee State University is site of
the Shawnee 7.0 Conference scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
More than 20 presenters will be demonstrating everything in
the gaming industry from computer game design to motion
capture techniques and business support for young
entrepreneurs at the conference. Both high school and
college students will be exhibiting and prizes will be
awarded in each category.
During the conference, Shawnee State University will
officially open its world class, state-of-the-art motion
capture studio in the Advanced Technology Center. The
facility will bring 21st century media tools to students and
businesses in the region. The dedication ceremony is at
11:30 a.m. in ATC Room 107.
“This is something that will enhance education in a number
of programs, including gaming,” Dr. Rita Rice Morris, SSU
president, said. “The use of advanced technologies, like
Motion Capture, will better prepare students for successful
careers in the future.”
The keynote speaker will be Sibley Verbeck, CEO of The
Electric Sheep Company, an award-winning creator of virtual
worlds and social games for major brands and media
companies. Last year the company worked with CSI New York in
tracking a criminal through Second Life and offered viewers
the ability to look for clues and analyze them in a virtual
lab. Recently, the company has launched RIDEMAKERZ, an
online driving experience. Verbeck is a co-founder of the
Virtual Worlds Roadmap.
As a former chief scientist of StreamSage Inc. and Comcast
Online, Verbeck has been a leading researcher in advanced
computational linguistic and statistical techniques for
analyzing audio, video and text. In January 2001, he
received an award from the Washington Techway Magazine as
one of the top young technology executives in the D.C. area.
In 2003 he was selected as one of MIT Technology Review’s
top 100 technology innovators worldwide under the age of 35.
Verbeck has been an invited speaker on topics ranging across
virtual worlds, search, computational linguistics, Internet
infrastructure, digital television, scientific publication
and undergraduate science education.
As many as 500 participants are expected at the conference.
In the afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. the Office of Career
Services will have a Technology Job and Internship Fair open
to students attending Shawnee State University as well as
students from other colleges and universities who are
attending the conference.
Cost of the Shawnee 7.0 Gaming Conference is $89 for general
admission and $39 for students and includes lunch.
For more information or to register, contact Tracy Walters,
University Outreach Services representative at (740)
351-3171 or e-mail email@example.com.
Online information and registration is available at Shawnee
State University’s Outreach Services at http://www.shawnee.edu/off/uos/shawnee%20conference.