Virtual and augmented reality the focus of lecture at Binghamton University

BINGHAMTON, NY – Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will be discussed by experts in the field during Binghamton University’s annual TIER Talks series from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Casadesus Recital Hall, on campus. This event, taking place during Homecoming weekend, is free and open to the public.

During the session, “Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: The Future Is Now,” presenters, all Binghamton University alumni, will explore how VR and AR will ultimately change the way we live, work and play. Increasingly, businesses are investing in these new tools, which will grow substantially in the coming years and affect industries far and wide, ranging from healthcare and education, all the way to entertainment and national defense, said organizers.

The speakers will be:

Hiren Bhinde ’05, director of product management for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., where he leads the expansion of Qualcomm’s VR and AR programs

Mario Palumbo ’87, director of technology for wearable devices at Intel, who addresses complex technical problems that demand innovative hardware and software solutions

Matthew Gill ’18, senior at Binghamton University majoring in electrical engineering, and co-founder of simulation startup Enhance VR

TIER Talks is supported by M&T Bank and organized by the Binghamton University Alumni Association. Since its inception in 2014, the speaker series has leveraged distinguished Binghamton alumni and faculty to address hot topics such as political polarization and the neuroscience of addiction.

“Binghamton’s greatest assets are its brilliant alumni and faculty; we have thought leaders in every field imaginable,” said Bill Groner, Binghamton University Alumni Association board member. “It should come as little surprise that we have Binghamton people doing great things in VR and AR. They will have so much insight to offer on how these technologies will be game-changers in the near future.”

“A key component of M&T Bank’s work is business collaboration and knowledge-sharing,” said Peter Newman, M&T Bank regional president. “We see TIER Talks as a great opportunity to trigger robust conversation throughout the year, while highlighting the incredible brain trust we have at the University.”

Additional event details, speaker bios and registration information are available online at Questions can be directed to the Binghamton University Alumni Engagement office at 607-777-2424 or

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