Jason Jerald CEO
Jason Jerald is CEO at NextGen Interactions, is Adjunct Visiting Professor at Duke Univeristy, and serves on multiple advisory boards. He has been creating VR systems and applications for over 20 years with over 70 VR-related projects across more than 40 organizations including Valve, Oculus, Virtuix, Sixense, MergeVR, AT&T, NASA, General Motors, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, three U.S. national laboratories, and seven universities. Jason’s work has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, on the Discovery Channel, in the New York Times, and on the cover of the MIT Press journal “Presence”. He has held various technical and leadership positions and has served on the ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE Virtual Reality, and IEEE 3D User Interface Committees. Jason earned a Bachelor of Computer Science degree with an emphasis in Computer Graphics and Minors in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Washington State University. He earned a Masters and a Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on perception of motion and latency in VR. Jason has authored numerous publications, most notably the best-selling book “The VR Book: Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality.”
In terms of public safety, Jason led projects that resulted in winning the the 2017 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Virtual Public Safety Test Environment Challenge, being a finalist for the 2018 NIST Heads-Up Display (HUD) Navigation Challenge for firefighters, and receiving a $1.2M grant from NIST Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division to simulate and evaluate future interfaces using VR.