Oculus chief scientist announced as AES Convention keynote

The AES has announced that Michael Abrash, chief scientist at Oculus, will give the opening Keynote Speech at this year’s 139th AES International Convention in New York City.

Known for his work in high-end graphics, performance programming and virtual reality, Abrash will offer his insight in a Keynote Speech titled ‘Virtual Reality, Audio, and the Future,’ taking place at the Jacob Javits Center on 29 October 2015 at 1pm in the Special Events Room.

Abrash has taken on a wide range of roles over the past 30 years – he was the GDI development lead for the first two versions of Windows NT, joined John Carmack to write Quake at Id Software, worked on the first two versions of the Xbox video games console, co-authored the Pixomatic software renderer at Rad Game Tools, and worked on Intel’s Larrabee project. Additionally, Abrash worked on both augmented and virtual reality at Valve, and currently leads the Oculus Research team. He is also the author of several books, including Michael Abrash’s Graphics Programming Black Book, and has written and spoken frequently on related topics.

The Oculus Rift and the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR allow players to ‘step inside virtual worlds and immerse themselves like never before’. As a result of the global Oculus developer community, VR is poised to ‘transform gaming, storytelling, film, and much more’.

“Michael’s address is a great opportunity to bring awareness of VR to the audio community,” stated AES139 co-chair Jim Anderson. “In the future, audio will contribute to this field in ways that we can only presently imagine.”