The XReality Center is a new research center at The New School in New York City. Its purpose is to advance the study and design innovation of emerging technologies in the areas of virtual, augmented, and mixed realities.



A resource hub for XR activities and initiatives happening within the university.


Explore and experience what XR has to offer in order to create pedagogically sound immersive learning interactions and to gain insight into a project or initiative using emerging immersive technology.


A collaborative environment for students and faculty to develop XR initiatives and a place where products can be developed for and/or with external clients and partners.


Research will be conducted on an ongoing basis in order to comprehend how to effectively utilize this emerging technology in the education sector.


The XReality Center is made up of collaborative efforts from the XReality founder and staff, faculty committee, and students assistants.

Maya Georgieva

Maya Georgieva is the Director of Digital Learning at The New School. At the XReality Center, she leads in the areas of Immersive Learning and Research. Maya has delivered talks on Immersive Learning and Storytelling at MIT Media Lab, SXSWedu, EDUCAUSE, joint session between European Commission and European Parliament among others. She is the co-founder of Digital Bodies, an award winning website focusing on VR/AR/MR and their impact on education and society. She has facilitated master classes and talks on Immersive Storytelling, VR/AR/MR and New Media Narratives, Innovation in Higher Education and the Future of Learning.

Daniel Sauter

Daniel is an artist who creates interactive installations and site-specific interventions dealing with the cultural and social implications of emerging technologies. His research is driven by a curiosity about the ways in which technologies shape and transform urban spaces and civil liberties. More...

Anezka Sebek

Anezka Sebek designs curricula in BFA/MFA Design and Technology Programs in virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies, as well as teaching in studio and thesis courses. Before teaching full-time, her extensive career in the film industry includes projects for television, advertising, documentaries and feature films. More...

Vladan Nikolic

Vladan Nikolic is an award-winning filmmaker and producer, who has written, directed and produced feature films, documentaries, and immersive multi-platform media projects. He was among the digital filmmaking pioneers in the 1990’s; his films were awarded at numerous top US and international film festivals. More...

Sven Travis

Associate Professor of Media and Design. More...

Kyle Li

Kyle Li is the program director of BFA Design & Technology. His has a diverse background in interactive/game design, American art history, and physical computing. Similar to many other Parsons Alumni, his design voice emerged while he was a MFADT candidate here in 2006. Design & Technology is built on a sustainable and customizable design process that enables designers to work and continue working in the world of ever-changing technology. More...

Ben Rubin

Artist and designer Ben Rubin was named Director of the Center for Data Arts in January 2016. Rubin’s innovative applications of media and information technology have been seen at museums, public spaces, and performance venues around the world. More...

Harpreet Sareen

Assistant Professor, Media and Interaction Design
Parsons School of Art, Media and Technology

Tomas Correa

Tomas is 3rd year BFA student at the New School for Drama, pursuing a minor in Immersive Storytelling from Parsons.

Tracy Fernandez

Tracy is pursuing a BBA in Strategic Management and Design at the Parsons School of Design with a minor in Creative Coding. Tracy is passionate about learning as much as she can on technology, culture, and the blending of the two in today’s society. During her time at The XReality Center, she sees VR, AR, and MR as an opportunity to inform and engage students on the relationship between design, storytelling, and interaction.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer is the director of IT project management in the IT department at The New School. She has been involved in emerging technology initiatives starting with the advent of digital music technology at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. As a web and DVD media producer in the early dot-com days in NYC, she transitioned to the New School to work in academic technology and now manages IT project initiatives.

Kayla O'Daniel

Kayla O’Daniel is a 2018 graduate of the ADHT Design Studies program at Parsons School of Design. Since coming to The New School Kayla has been actively pursuing her interests in design and systems, technology, and business acumen. She’s recently begun exploring the realms of AR and VR and their integration into her education. She is excited about what this means for her personal education as well as the education of others.