Featured Students & Alumni
Featured Students & Alumni
Scott Herman has deftly leveraged his ability to help others with purposeful technology through Ryerson's Department of Computer Science program. Initially, he wanted to learn about a broad range of subjects, all while conducting hands-on research for real world applications.
"By taking advanced classes ranging from Genetic Programming to Computer Vision," says Herman, "I was able to attain invaluable knowledge and insights into a variety of subjects. In addition, the lab I was a part of, NCART, dealt with the Ontario Provincial Police’s Urban Search and Rescue team where I directly interacted with people who would benefit from my research and allowed me to understand the process of building software from requirements gathering to actual software development."
Scott obtained his Masters of Computer Science in 2014. Since graduation, he quickly excelled to his current position at Deep Inc. as Chief Technology Officer.
While at Ryerson, Herman's thesis was based on the development and creation of 3D models of real-world disaster sites which are later inspected by a simulation game engine. First Responders are able to use the simulation to be immersed in an accurate virtual model of a disaster site to determine the best points of egress in and out of the area from the safety of a command post. Following his project, he published multiple papers and presented at conferences related to his thesis research and findings.
Throughout his time at Ryerson, he was struck by the helpfulness of the professors and administration staff of the department. Whenever he had questions, he was always met "with an open door and smile."
Following his experience in the program, he became the lead developer for a 360 Video/Virtual Reality company called DEEP Inc. He developed software that facilitated the seamless combination of 360 video with traditional forms of media that included flat film and photographs--a technique later featured in the award-winning interactive documentary Polar Sea 360. Today, Herman leads a team of developers as Chief Technology Officer at DEEP to create the next-generation of 360 Video and Virtual Reality software tools. They are working on making narrative VR content easier to create in the future.
Herman agrees his time at Ryerson was indispensable in building his current career. "Take classes on subjects you know nothing about...the knowledge can be applied to a variety of scenarios". If Herman's career is any indication, immersing yourself in all that the program has to offer pays off--big time.
Herman developed 3D models of real-world disaster sites which were then rendered by a game engine. This research holds remarkable potential to help First Responders contend with urban disaster.