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Homecoming offers virtual reality and nostalgia

By Steve Seepersaud

TIER TalksWe've arrived at Tomorrowland. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have turned science fiction to non-fiction. Put the glasses on and go almost anywhere you want without leaving wherever you are. Fly through space, take video gaming to the next level or golf the world's finest courses. AR adds to what you see and gives you a taste of being a bionic superhero. Imagine a cancer-fighting doctor aided by enhanced medical imaging, or a soldier on the battlefield armed with data on potential dangers. 

Join us Saturday, Oct. 7, for an unforgettable TIER Talks at Homecoming. Learn how, within the next 10 years, VR and AR will impact our everyday lives. Alumni who are highly placed within leading firms will share their perspectives on this transformative technology.

Our speakers will be: 

Mario Palumbo '87Mario Palumbo '87
Director of Technology for Wearable Devices
Intel's New Devices Group
From the time of his initial research in theoretical physics to his current role at Intel, Palumbo has been determining how to address complex technical problems that demand innovative hardware and software solutions. Prior to joining Intel, he was vice president of engineering at Recon Instruments, a leader in smart eyewear products. Through the course of his 20-year technology career, Palumbo also served as the chief technology officer at LightHaus VCI, a real-time intelligent video processing company, and the vice president of engineering at Spectrum Signal Processing, specializing in high-density VoIP gateways. Palumbo received his master of science and PhD in physics from Purdue University.

Hiren Bhinde '05Hiren Bhinde, MS '05
Director of Product Management 
Qualcomm Technologies
Bhinde leads the expansion of Qualcomm's VR and AR programs, driving multifunctional teams across three continents. In his more than 13 years at Qualcomm, Bhinde has been a critical member of the company's Android team collaborating with Google to launch the first Android and Nexus devices. He helped commercialize hundreds of unique Android devices in China, India, and Southeast Asia, and developed on-device video playback and streaming tools. Bhinde is driven by the fact that the technology he helps to create will be in the hands of hundreds of millions of people across the world, shaping their lives in how they work, play and communicate. He holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.


Matthew Gill '18Matthew Gill '18
Enhance VR

Gill, a native of Watkins Glen, N.Y., is a senior in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, majoring in electrical engineering and pursuing a master's degree through the Watson 4+1 program. He's a co-founder of Enhance-VR, LLC, a peripheral and systems company that develops solely for VR/AR experiences. In addition, he's a head peer advisor in Watson's advising department and runs for Binghamton's cross country and track teams. While most of the commercially available systems have been created in the last decade, VR isn't new to Binghamton. From Link Simulators in the 1940s to Enhance VR, Gill plans to touch on the history of VR and AR and how it's being used in the world today in automotive and medical industries, education and, of course, entertainment.




Homecoming weekend, planned for Friday-Sunday, Oct. 6-8, will have so much more! Again, we'll have our tailgate party, men's soccer under the lights, the 5K run/walk and Bing Brews and Bands downtown. Hinman College will celebrate its 50th anniversary, culminating with a fireworks show on Saturday night that everyone can enjoy. Alumni of Color will have a number of reunion events during the weekend. Visit the Homecoming website to see the full schedule, register and get information on special lodging rates for alumni.



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Last Updated: 11/20/17