College of Communication > About > Centers & Initiatives > Center for Communication Engagement > Virtual and Augmented Reality Communication Lab (VARC)
Virtual and Augmented Reality Communication Lab (VARC) houses state-of-the-art equipment for virtual and augmented reality. At the VARC Lab, we want to help people learn how to effectively and ethically communicate in VR and AR.
The lab is a space for students and faculty to experience VR/AR technology firsthand and explore how these tools impact society, culture, media and interpersonal relationships.
At the College of Communication, we’re interested in exploring how communication and technology intersect, including how we use tools to communicate. The VARC Lab helps communication researchers explore topics like:
The VARC Lab is led by Professor Paul Booth and Associate Professor Bree McEwan. Get in touch with them to see how you can get involved with the VARC Lab.
Paul Booth is a professor of
Media and Cinema Studies in the College of Communication at DePaul. He teaches and researches how audiences embrace new technologies to generate emotional connections to media texts, as well as the role that new technologies play in ongoing media franchises.
Bree McEwan is an associate professor of
Communication and Technology in the College of Communication at DePaul. Her research interests include how people use technology to form, manage and maintain interpersonal relationships. Among other classes, she teaches "Augmented Chicago," an Honors Discover Chicago experience course.