The Art of Artificial Intelligence workshop

An OSCC 2022 Zoom Workshop presented by Cynthia Calongne (Lyr Lobo), Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir), and David Fliesen (Sun Tzu)

This workshop focuses on ways that Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are being used to generate works of art in various media. We’ll take a brief look at the history of AI and Machine Learning, then explore examples of technologies that understand facial components and movements, and look at several widely used AI art creation tools and discuss ideas about its future use and application within virtual worlds. Finally this workshop will include an opportunity for students to apply what they learned as they make their own AI Artwork and showcase it inside of Open Simulator at the OSCC Sandbox in the parcel with the sign for “The Art of Artificial Intelligence.”

How to Attend

This workshop will be held in Zoom and we are asking that attendees register using this link:

Event Time: 3 PM PST


Dec 16 2022


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm




  • Cynthia Calongne / Lyr Lobo (Poster Booth #3)
    Cynthia Calongne / Lyr Lobo (Poster Booth #3)
    OSCC Co-Chair, Professor

    Lyr is a Professor at Parker University in Dallas, Texas and a VR researcher. Since 2005, she taught 54 university classes in virtual worlds and mentored 800+ 13-year-old students. Her team won the $25,000 Grand Prize for their space simulation and she received the Thinkerer Award for her passion for virtual world education. She loves OpenSimulator and is proud to be a member of the OSCC Organizing Committee.

  • Dave Fliesen / Sun Tzu
    Dave Fliesen / Sun Tzu

    David is a Character Creator, MOCAP and iClone MOCAP Animator, Unity Game Designer, and Metaverse Consultant in the area of Charleston, South Carolina. His past work has included game-based design for the military and designing an undergraduate course on virtual worlds for Rasmussen College. He is a digital aborigine, who aspires to find new, innovative, and creative ways to use gaming and virtual world technologies to make the world a better place.
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  • Joyce Bettencourt / Rhiannon Chatnoir
    Joyce Bettencourt / Rhiannon Chatnoir
    AvaCon, Inc., Co-Founder

    Joyce Bettencourt is co-founder and Vice President of AvaCon, Inc.(, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality and 3D immersive spaces. AvaCon were organizers of 2010 in Boston & 2011 in Oakland Second Life Community Convention, the Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds virtual workshops, and the ongoing OpenSimulator Community Conference. AvaCon also currently fiscally sponsors the nonprofit community of practice, Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, where Joyce has been a community leader and host of weekly Friday meetings.

    In addition, she is Creative Director of The Vesuvius Group (, a collaborative studio specializing in developing online immersive and social environments for community-building. Joyce is a 2012 graduate of the Singularity University Graduate Studies program, focused on applying exponential technologies to addressing Global Grand Challenges.

    Previously she was digital media producer for the Online Leadership Program at the educational nonprofit Global Kids and helped produce digital media learning content including the Second Life Curriculum, many virtual and physical world events, and the social issue game CONSENT! As her avatar Rhiannon Chatnoir, she has organized numerous social good online events, including the Virtual Haiti Relief campaign within the virtual world of Second Life that helped raise awareness and $10,000 USD in virtual micro transactions.

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