Professor Sylvia Xueni Pan 

I am a Professor of Virtual Reality at Goldsmiths, University of London, where I co-lead the Goldsmiths Computing MA/MSc in Virtual and Augmented Reality,  and the SeeVR Lab. My Coursera VR Specialisation has over 100,000 registered learners internationally. My research interest lies in the area of Virtual Reality technology and its applications in the areas of social neuroscience, psychology, training, and therapy.

I was a research fellow at the Hamilton Lab at Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN)UCL and also the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group (VECG), Computer Science, UCL where I remain an Honorary Research Fellow. 

I received my PhD in Virtual Reality in 2009, at UCL, with Professor Mel Slater. It was fully funded by EPSRC and the Rabin Ezra Scholarship. I have an MSc in Vision, Imaging, and Virtual Environments (VIVE) from UCL 2004-5.

I moved to London in 2004 from Beijing where I grew up. I have an BEng in Computer Science from Beihang University. I attended Beijing Jingshan School and Beijing No.4 High School.

You can find my email on my Goldsmiths page.

News · Calls · Up coming Events

Sept 2023 - Co-chair of the VR + Health Special Session at the ACII 2023 at MIT, Boston, USA.

March 2023 - Invited Keynote at the MASSXR Workshop at IEEE VR (online).

March 2023 - Invited Keynote at the Social VR Spring School in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

30th Nov 2022 - I was the closing keynote speaker at the MUM Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. 

29th Nov 2022 - I spoke about XR + health at the Royal College of Psychiatrist Digital Psychiatry SIG first Conference

12th Nov 2022 - I chaired a Panel Discussion on XR for non-gaming as part of the BFX Festival in Bournmouth

2nd Nov 2022 - I spoke at the Marketing Society Annual Conference about behaviour change with VR.

27th Oct 2022 - I attended ISMAR 2022 in Singapore and gave a talk about our SeeVR lab.

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3rd Sep 2021 - I am panelist at the Bodies, Movement, and AI in VR Workshop at Goldsmiths. [Slides]

7th August 2021 - I have done a TEDx talk at GoodEnoughCollege

1st July 2021 - I gave a keynote at the Virtual Social Interaction Conference.

9th April 2021 - As part of Chinese Cinema Season in London, I hosted the VR Immersive Experience R&D Between the UK & China Panel discussion.

1st April 2021 - I hosted the What Makes Virtual Human Human Panel Discussion at IEEE VR 2021. You can see a recording here (4h 32' onwards) 

27th March 2021 - As part of IEEE VR 2021, I was invited speaker at the VHCIE Workshop

Jan 2021 - I was featured in CGTN article "From the gaming world to the office: VR at work has become very real". Also see video tweet [here]


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