Innovation in Immersive Art & Tech

Goldsmiths UK-China Workshop

Tuesday June 25th, 2019, at Goldsmiths, University of London

We welcome Goldsmiths academics & students, and delegates from the creative industry to join us!

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The UK has been a global leader in the creative industry with London being the hub of numerous companies in the area of video games, films and TV, and more recently immersive art & technology. London has a long history of being the home to UK and EU headquarters for a variety of big names in the creative and tech industries, and is supported by its right cultural heritage in art and theatre, and respected educational institutions.

China with its rapidly developing economy is facing the challenge of transitioning from a manufacturing-based economy to a knowledge-based one, and with the support of its mass internal market and high volume of government investment, it is actively seeking global partnerships to find innovative new projects in this booming industry.

Goldsmiths, located in London, has a rich global reputation in creative industries and strong international links with China, and acts as the perfect host for this workshop. This one-day workshop at Goldsmiths will be supported by presentations, panel discussions, and demos. Through this workshop, we believe we can develop and nurture a close conversation around UK-China partnerships and network development in the area of immersive art & technology, utilising Goldsmiths’ key strengths to realise these goals.

This workshop will be Led by the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths. Computing has an outstanding track record covering a range of skills and technologies including VR / AR, Data Science and analytics, AI and machine learning, creative robotics, computational art and computer games development which will be part of this workshop.

  • Activities: short talks, networking sessions, and demos
  • Expected attendees: Goldsmiths academics, UK and Chinese companies and independent artists with an interest in immersive technologies.
  • Aim: Learn about the practicalities about doing business with China. Also an opportunity to to form a consortiums for a further AHRC grant
  • Workshop Chairs: Dr Sylvia Xueni Pan, Annie Guo, and Prof William Latham

Confirmed speakers, panelists, and organisers

Annie Guo, Director of Asia Centre/Confucius Institute
Wang Yongli, Minister Counsellor, Education sector, Chinese Embassy
Prof Mark d'Inverno, Pro-Warden International, Goldsmiths
Dr Sylvia Pan, Lecturer in VR, Goldsmiths
Yuyang Sun, CEO, STA Culture Development Limited
Prof Jonathan Freeman, Goldsmiths Psychology, and Director of i2 Media research
Prof William Latham, Computing DC Labs, Goldsmiths
Dr Dave Ranyard Founder of Dream Reality Interactive
Sam Collins, Head of Commercial and Membership, UKIE
Dr Marco Gillies, Director of Distance Learning, Goldsmiths
Dr Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy, Technology Transfer & Partnership Manager, BBC R&D
Horace Ho. Founder, FDN Experience. Board Memeber, Shanchuang Develop & Co.
Richard Xie, Director, Health Innovation International
Ziwei Wu, MA in Computational Art student at Goldsmiths, Lumen Prize Winner
Jiao Li. Co-founder of
Friendred Peng, Artist / PhD candidate in Arts & Computational Technology, Goldsmiths
Dr Daniel Strutt, Lecturer in Digital Media, Goldsmiths
Prof Frederic Leymarie, Goldsmiths Computing
Lee Harris, Founder/ Producer - Electric Skies Ltd
James Simpson, Digital fellow, Royal Shakespeare Company and Magic Leap
Sarah EllisDirector of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company
Mark StanleyCTO EF EdTech Europe
Steve Stopps, Development Director, Excalibur Games

Provisional Programme

25th June (Tuesday) Programme

9:30am - 10am Registration and coffee/tea (PSH Lower Ground Floor Atrium)

10am - 11am Goldsmiths-China creative industries vision (PSH LG02)

Co-chair: Annie Guo (Director of Asia Centre/Confucius Institute) and Dr Sylvia Pan (Lecturer in VR, Goldsmiths)
Prof Mark d'Inverno (Pro-Warden International, Goldsmiths)
Jiang Sunan (Minister Counsellor, Science and Technology, Chinese Embassy)
Dr Daniel Strutt (Lecturer in Digital Media, Goldsmiths)
Sun Yuyang (CEO, STA Culture Development Limited)
Ziwei Wu (Goldsmiths Computational Art Student, Lumen Prize Winner)
Dr Sylvia Pan (Lecturer in VR, Goldsmiths)
David Kuper (Head of Contracts and IP, Enterprise Office, Goldsmiths)

11am - 11:30am Coffee break and demos (PSH Lower Ground Floor Atrium)

11:30am - 12:50pm Immersive worlds, games, lasers and cinema (PSH LG02)

Chair: Prof Jonathan Freeman (Goldsmiths Psychology, and Director of i2 Media research)
Dr Dave Ranyard (Founder of Dream Reality Interactive)
Sam Collins (Head of Commercial and Membership, UKIE)
Ben Hosford (Punchdrunk)
Mike Jones (Marshmallow Laser Feast)
Mark Stanley (Education First)
Sarah Ellis (Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company)
Rishi Coupland (Head of Data Intelligence, National Theatre, London)
Friendred Youhong Peng (PhD student in Computational Art at Goldsmiths)

12:50pm - 2pm Lunch and demos (PSH Lower Ground Floor Atrium)

2pm - 3pm UK-China creative industry showcase (PSH LG02)

Chair: Richard Xie (Director, Health Innovation International)
Dr Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy (Technology Transfer & Partnership Manager, BBC R&D)
Prof Frederic Leymarie (Goldsmiths Computing)
Horace Ho (Founder, FDN Experience. Board Member, Shanchuang Develop & Co.)
James Simpson (Digital Fellow, Royal Shakespeare Company and Magic Leap)
Steve Stopps (Development Director at excalibur games)
Jiao Li (
Louis Demerliac (Alibaba Cloud London)

3pm - 3:15pm Coffee break (PSH 302 & Terrace)

3:15pm - 4:30pm UK-China collaboration building breakout groups (PSH 314 & 326)

4:30pm Closing Remarks (PSH 326)

4:45pm - 6pm Wine reception and networking (PSH 302 & Terrace)


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