Selected Keynotes + Presentations

Dr. Helen Papagiannis, Ph.D.

Dr. Helen Papagiannis, Ph.D.


In her fun and visually stunning presentations, Dr. Papagiannis shows audiences the fantastical future of AR, framing it within the needs of a diverse range of industries and objectives. She colorfully discusses how AR can affect retail—like Sephora’s “magic” mirror that allows customers to try on make-up virtually—or our understanding of history, as with an AR-enhanced archaeological project called “Dead Man’s Nose,” which causes visitors of historic sites to smell GPS-triggered aromas that relate to their location. AR is changing the way we translate language, travel to foreign countries, and even how we teach and learn in the classroom. Dr. Papagiannis also discusses the fascinating ethics and privacy issues that AR technology brings to the table, and how companies, cities, and individuals can adapt to these new concerns.

“Augmented Reality: Amplifying Human Intelligence.” Opening presentation for the AR VR track, SXSW, Austin, Texas, March 11, 2019.

“Augmented Human.” Opening keynote, ERAC IT4K12, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 22, 2018.

“Augmented Human.” Closing keynote, SHIFT 18, Ghent, Belgium, October 18, 2018.

“Augmented Human.” Opening keynote, CANARIE National Summit 2018, Ottawa, Canada, October 2, 2018.

“Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality: Snap Back to Reality.” Panel presentation, TakeOver Innovation Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 11, 2018.

“The Augmented Life.” Breakout Session, Deloitte annual invitation-only summit, Analytics and AI Now: From promise to practice, Toronto, Canada, April 12, 2018.

“State of AR in Canada.” Panel presentation, AR Starts Here: A Conversation on Making Toronto a Leader in AR, Toronto, Canada, April 10, 2018.

“Celebrating Women in Technology.” Panel presentation,, Toronto, Canada, March 1, 2018.

“How AR is Shaping Our Reality: An Evening With Dr. Helen Papagiannis.” Book Signing and discussion presented by Autodesk, Toronto, Canada, February 28, 2018.

“The Future of Augmented Reality.” Closing keynote, Elevate Toronto: AR VR, Toronto, Canada, September 13, 2017.

“The Future of Immersive Tech: AR and VR.” Invited panel, Brainstation, Toronto, Canada, August 29, 2017.

“Fireside Chat with Dr. Helen Papagiannis.” We Are Wearables, Toronto, Canada, August 1, 2017 (Watch online here).

“Augmented Reality Storytelling.” FITC (Future, Innovation, Technology, Creativity) 2017, April 23, 2017.

“Augmented Reality Storytelling.” FITC (Future, Innovation, Technology, Creativity) AR VR Spotlight, Toronto, Canada, December 3, 2016.

“Augmented Human.” Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Cannes, France, June 25-26, 2015.

“Reality Has Changed.” O’Reilly Solid Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 23-25, 2015.

“Advancing Augmented Reality for Humanity.” Augmented World Expo, Santa Clara, CA, June 8-10, 2015 (Watch online here).

“Augmented Reality in Everyday Life: Wearable Computing.” Invited panel with Dr. Steve Mann, Father of Wearable Computing, We Are Wearables, Toronto, April 9, 2015.

“Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and the Future of Health.” Invited keynote, Health Tech Women’s 3rd Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, San Francisco, California, January 14, 2015.

“Augmented Reality: Go Where There Is No Path and Leave a Trail.” Invited speaker, Girls in Tech, Toronto, Canada, December 9, 2014.

“Augmented Reality.” Invited speaker, PechaKucha at IIDEX, Canada’s National Design + Architecture Expo & Conference, Toronto, Canada, December 4, 2014 (Watch online here).

“Augmented Reality and Storytelling.” Keynote, and workshop leader at Riksutställningar Swedish Exhibition Agency, Visby, Sweden, November 19, 2014.

Invited Co-Emcee for Future Innovation Technology Creativity (FITC) Wearables Event for Developers and Designers, Toronto, Canada, November 13, 2014.

“The Future of Augmented Reality.” Invited speaker, COLLIDE Creative Technology Conference, Halifax, Canada, October 22-24, 2014.

“Designing the Future of Augmented Reality.” Invited speaker, CAMP Festival Creative Technology, Art and Design, Calgary, Canada, September 8-9, 2014.

“Augmented Reality: Past, Present, Future.” Invited keynote address, IEEE Science and Information (SAI) Conference 2014, London, UK, August 27-29, 2014.

“Augmented Reality: It’s All About YOU.” Invited speaker, Augmented World Expo (AWE), Santa, Clara, CA, May 27-29, 2014.

“The Future of Augmented Reality, Storytelling, and You.” Invited speaker, Future Innovation Technology Creativity (FITC), Toronto, Canada, April 27-29, 2014.

“The Future of the Internet of Things.” Invited to lead a fireside chat with Andrew D’Souza, CEO of Bionym, maker of the NymiBand, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Canada, February 10, 2014.

“Augmented Reality and the Emergence of ‘Point-of-Eye’ in Visual Culture.” Invited speaker, IEEE Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS’13), Toronto, Canada, June 27-29, 2013.

“The Big Ideas That Will Change Augmented Reality.” Invited speaker, Augmented World Expo (AWE), Santa Clara, California, USA, June 3-5, 2013.

“Augmented Reality: A Medium in Transition.” International Symposium for Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, November 8, 2012.

“Augmented Reality Pop-up Book.” AR book showcased in media lab and exhibition at Cinekid Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 12-27, 2012.

“Augmented Reality: Future Forward.” Ontario Augmented Reality Network (OARN) Keynote, Toronto, Canada, October 5, 2012.

“Augmented Reality as a New Creative Medium.” VOX Summit Keynote, Long Beach, California, USA, September 14, 2012.

“Augmented Reality and Creative Practice.” NEXT Berlin, Germany, May 9, 2012.

“Augmented Reality.” Keynote at Perth X Media Lab, Australia, April 6, 2012.

“Business Opportunities in the Emerging Field of Augmented Reality.” Keynote address at International Woman’s Day conference, Waterloo, Canada, March 8, 2012.

Augmented Reality Innovation Panel, MBAMEC (MBA Media and Entertainment Conference), NYU, New York, U.S.A., February 24, 2012.

“Augmented Reality: Magic, Art and the Machine. ” Rethinking Art and Machine Speaker Series, The Museum, Waterloo, Canada, January 15, 2012.

“Augmented Reality and the Power of Imagination.” Invited speaker at TEDxDubai, United Arab Emirates, October 22, 2011 (Watch online here).

“The Role of the Artist in Evolving Augmented Reality as a New Medium.” Juried conference paper. 10th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), Basel, Switzerland, Oct 26-29, 2011.

“Augmented Reality’s Creative Future.” Invited speaker at Royal Institute of Australia, Adelaide, Australia, August 5, 2011.

“Augmented Reality Artist Talk.” Invited speaker at the School of Computer and Information Science, University of South Australia , Adelaide, Australia, August 3, 2011.

“Augmented Reality and Storytelling.” Invited speaker at ARE 2011, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, CA, May 17-18, 2011 (Watch online here).

“Hoes Does Wonderment Guide the Creative Process?” Invited speaker and panelist at TEDxYorkU, Toronto, November 6, 2010  (Watch online here).

‘”Wonder Turner’ and ‘The Amazing Cinemagician’ Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality Art Installations.” Juried conference paper. 9th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), Seoul, South Korea, Oct 13-26, 2010.

“Augmented Reality Art.” Invited speaker at Augmented Reality Event 2010, Santa Clara Convention Centre, California, June 2-3, 2010.

“Augmented Reality (AR) Joiners, A Novel Expanded Cinematic Form.” Juried conference paper.
8th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), Orlando, Florida, Oct 19-22, 2009.

“Imagination: The Third Reality.” Invited speaker on a panel at ISMAR 2009, International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Orlando, Florida, Oct 22, 2009.

“Moving Beyond the Marker.” Invited speaker at Inter-Action, Bi-monthly Think Tank, Innovation presentation, Toronto, September 30, 2009.

“Flipping Between Analog and Digital: Lenticular Augmented Reality.” Juried artist talk. 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Singapore, July 25 – August 3, 2008.

“Augmented Reality Art.” Guest lecturer for Canadian Visual Art course, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Visual and Performing Arts Program, Department of Humanities, March 26, 2008.

“Augmenting Borders, Bridging the Tactile and the Virtual in Augmented Reality.” Peer Address, Intersections 2008, “Negotiating the Liminal”, Communication and Culture Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, March 15, 2008.

“Augmenting Artistic Realities: Opportunities for Creative Practice in Augmented Reality.” Juried conference paper. 6th Creativity and Cognition Conference, “Seeding Creativity: Tools, Media and Environments”, Washington, D.C., June 13 – 15, 2007.

“Cyberculture and Online Identity.” Guest lecturer for Introduction to New Media course, University of Toronto, Scarborough, New Media Program, Department of Social Sciences, November 22, 2007.

“Augmenting Memory: Digital and Analog Realities.” Juried conference paper. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboration) International Conference, “Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface”, Duke University, Durham, N.C., April 19-22, 2007.

“Future Cinema: Augmented Reality Art.” Film Studies Association Annual Conference, York University, Toronto, May 28 – 31, 2006.

“Augmenting Digital and Analog Memory.” Journal article. Public 34 (2006): 32-36.

“Understanding Emerging Digital Literacies.” Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, Research Gallery, York University, Toronto, May 27, 2006.

“Working in the Digital/Visual Design Industry: Massive Change and Bruce Mau Design.” Guest lecturer for Digital Media course, Ryerson University, Radio and Television Arts Program, Faculty of Communication and Design, November 29, 2005.

“Framing the Body in Digital Culture.” Body of Knowledge Colloquium, University of Toronto, February 28, 2001.


“Who’s Afraid of Bugs?” Invited Augmented Reality installation featured in the Cinekid Festival 2012 MediaLab, Amsterdam, Oct 22-26, 2012.

“Augmented Reality Pop-up Book.” Invited Augmented Reality demo featured in the Art Gala at Augmented Reality Event 2011,  Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Convention Centre, California, May 17-18, 2011.

“The Amazing Cinemagician” Interactive FogScreen and RFID exhibit at TEDxYorkU, Toronto, November 6, 2010.

“The Amazing Cinemagician: New Media Meets Victorian Magic.” Invited solo exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada, May 30-Sept 6, 2010.

“Wonder Turner.” Invited Augmented Reality installation featured in the Art Gala at Augmented Reality Event 2010,  Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Convention Centre, California, June 2-3, 2010.

ISMAR 2009, International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Orlando, Florida, Oct 19-22, 2009. Exhibited and demoed Augmented Reality artwork.

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Open House, Future Cinema Lab, York University, November 12, 2007. Exhibited and demoed Augmented Reality artwork.

“Augmented Reality.” Fusion 2007, Art, Science, Design and Technology Festival, Ontario Science Center, Toronto, May 5 – 6, 2007. Presented and exhibited Augmented Reality prototypes.

“Exquisite Corpus.” Juried group exhibition, The Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough, January 2001. One of three artists featured.

“Recto Verso.” Solo exhibition, Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto, Scarborough, November 2000.

“Conversation.” Solo exhibition, The Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough, March 1998.