Chris M. Collins (Fleep Tuque) is a Computer & Information Technology Lead  at the University of Cincinnati.  Her research focuses on the use of simulations, virtual and augmented reality, and virtual environments in higher education and for remote workforce collaboration.  She founded and currently manages the Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research in the UC Information Technology (UCIT), Innovation & Partnerships, Research & Development department.

In her free time, she serves as President of the Executive Board of AvaCon, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. AvaCon’s primary goal is to connect and support the diverse communities and practitioners involved in co-creating and using virtual worlds, and to educate the public and our constituents about the emerging ecosystem of technologies broadly known as the metaverse.

Her other projects include running FleepGrid, a small hyperlinked research grid on the OpenSimulator platform and she blogs informally about the impact of technology on education, politics, and economics at Fleep’s Deep Thoughts.

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