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Light and Sound Conference set for next month

The inaugural Light and Sound Interactive Conference will be held from Sept. 12 to 14 at the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center and Hyatt Regency.

“LSI is inspired by the success of South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, an offshoot of the world-renowned SXSW Music and Film festivals,” said Paul Ballentine, executive director of CEIS and producer of LSI, in a statement. “With a strong, long-term vision and a can-do spirit, LSI can do the same for Rochester as SXSW Interactive did for Austin.”

LSI is co-hosted by the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

“This conference has outstanding potential to nationally showcase the region’s and the University of Rochester’s innovation and research in optics, photonics, imaging, and audio engineering, all of which are improving lives around the world and advancing the frontiers of human knowledge and technology,” said Joel Seligman, president and CEO of the University of Rochester, in a statement. “The University of Rochester and RIT are tailor-made to co-host this conference and I look forward to joining with our area sponsors, industries, and institutions this September.”

The conference will offer attendees information on innovations in augmented and virtual reality, interactive media and games, film, audio and music, imaging, displays, health care, optics and photonics, according to officials.

“RIT is excited to be a partner in this event, which also speaks to our core strengths of working at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design,” said David Munson, president of RIT and a keynote speaker of the event, in a statement. “LSI will feature RIT researchers who are pushing the boundaries in light and sound technologies. This is an ideal opportunity to showcase that greater Rochester is a world-class leader in these interdisciplinary fields that will continue to shape creativity and innovation for years to come.”

LSI will also highlight New York State’s $10 million accelerator challenge, Luminate. Deadline for applications is Sept. 15. To apply visit

Registration for LSI is free for the first 100 registrants and $150 for all registrants after, officials said. Students at all levels, from high school to graduate studies, may register for free.

LSI is being held in concurrence with the New York Photonics annual meeting, which is Sept. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Register at

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