Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie is recognized as a Virtual Reality (VR) trailblazer with 3 decades of work crafting profound experiences that enhance the human experience. During the early 1990s, she made significant contributions as a researcher at the UCF's Institute for Simulation and Training. There, she pioneered VR techniques that skillfully evoke emotional responses, drawing on psychology and artistry to design environments that elicit memorable experiences.
In 2011, Dr. Morie founded All These Worlds, LLC, to advocate for and build diverse applications of VR technology. For NASA, she developed the virtual ecosystem ANSIBLE, aimed at providing psychological benefits for astronauts embarking on extended space missions. ANSIBLE's effectiveness was tested in the HISEAS facility in Hawaii, where a team of scientists simulated life on Mars for a year, complete with communication delays. ANSIBLE was shown to successfully mitigate the effects of social isolation and sensory deprivation.
Dr. Morie currently advises several forward-thinking companies. As a senior technical advisor to XPRIZE's ANA Avatar Prize (awarded in 2023), she helped shape the challenge of creating a robotic avatar individuals could inhabit from a distance. Her 2020 co-edited book "The Handbook of Research on the Global Impacts and Roles of Immersive Media," offered comprehensive explorations into the emerging landscape of immersive technologies. She was presented with the Accenture Lifetime Achievement Award for her VR work at the 2022 AIXR Awards and is currently working on two books that explore a more inclusive history of Virtual Reality. In addition to running her company and writing, she currently teaches Immersive Experience Design for UCLA’s Extension Program, and supervises PhD candidates at University College in Dublin, Ireland.