History « The Juxtopia Group




  • The Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley celebrates the opening of the 1st Juxtopia® Urban Innovation and Cooperative Entrepreneurship (JUICE ™) lab at the Emerging Technology Center located at 1101 East 33rd Street in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


  • Juxtopia partners with NASA GSFC for Space Urban Entrepreneurship.
  • Dr. Jayfus Doswell named “Rock Star” in technology, The Baltimore Sun.


  • The Juxtopia Group’s USE initiative will collaborate with Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)s, Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)s, and Minority Businesses  about the topic and processes of technology transfer with NASA.
  • The Juxtopia Group holds the 3rd Annual Juxtopia® Urban Learning Technology Conference.




  • Juxtopia Group creates and operates the 1st International Virtual Instructor Conference at Georgetown University Department of Computer Science.
  • Juxtopia Group holds the 2nd Annual Juxtopia® Urban Learning Technology Conference.
  •  Dr. Doswell is invited as a keynote speaker at an Edutainment conference located in China.


  •  Juxtopia Group holds 1st annual Juxtopia® Urban Learning Technology Conference.


  • Juxtopia Group board member, Mark Harrison secures a position at Bell, Inc.  BELL is a community-based, non-profit organization founded by Black Harvard Law School students in 1992, and is designed to increase the educational opportunities and achievements of children living in low-income communities. BELL serves underperforming elementary school children, grades K-6, in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland.
  • Juxtopia Group advisory board member, Dr. Brian Blake achieves tenure at age 33. July, 2005, Dr. Brian Blake , African-America computer science professor, at age 33, achieves tenure at Georgetown University.
  • Juxtopia Group industry partner, Juxtopia, LLC, wins NSF grant in Augmented Reality Instruction
    June, 2005 – minority owned biomedical and information technology firm, Juxtopia, LLC wins National Science Foundation grant to build an unprecedented Augmented Reality Instructional System.
  • Juxtopia Group board chairperson, Dr. Jayfus Doswell earns Information Technology PhD. May, 2005 Juxtopia Group board chairperson graduated from George Mason University with a PhD in Information Technology.  His dissertation, entitled, “Building the Virtual Instructor: An Architecture for Developing Pedagogical Embodied Conversational Agents for Mixed Reality Environments,”  focused on Mixed Reality learning environments.
  • After Ph.D, Dr. Doswell builds society to advance Virtual Instructor Research.


  • Dr. Doswell, one of thirty-nine individuals in the United States, was chosen by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) as a “Pacesetter in Technology.”  
  • Teaming with a committee, Dr. Doswell assisted in creating the first Health Informatics and Information Technology (HIIT) section within the American Public Health Association (APHA), the largest public health association in the United States.  Jayfus Tucker Doswell, Ph.D., is listed in “Who’s Who of Information Technology”.
  • The Juxtopia Group won a contract to develop a virtual reality “edutainment” game about U.S. Airmail History for the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.  The video game was designed so that children could conduct math calculations and understand science in order to answer questions correctly and progress through game levels.


  • The Juxtopia Group exposes Washington, DC inner city youth to STEM. In the summer of 2001, The Juxtopia Group, Inc. provided technology training to under-served and disadvantaged youth for the “Tech Teens” Program. Juxtopia Group exposed youth to various technologies from biotechnology to computer programming, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and 3D graphics. Juxtopia Group used game development principles to enhance the understanding of math.


  • Dr. Doswell begins PhD program with a research focus on Virtual Instructors in Mixed Reality Environments.  In September, 1998 Jayfus Tucker Doswell transitions his Howard University Masters research into a Ph.D. program at George Mason University, investigating the effectiveness of virtual instructors in mixed reality learning environments to improve human learning performance.
  • Jayfus T. Doswell completes his Masters thesis focusing on Virtual Reality Learning Technology. In May 1998 Jayfus Doswell completes his Masters degree at Howard University with a thesis concentrating on building an online Virtual Reality learning tool to enhance math learning for children.


  • Jayfus T. Doswell discusses the promise of Virtual Reality Learning Technology in Black Issues In Higher Education. In Summer, 1997, Jayfus Tucker Doswell features his research on online Virtual Reality for providing basic math instruction to underserved children.


  • Jayfus T. Doswell creates Oberlin’s first Embryonic Development Multimedia learning technology. In 1993, Jayfus Tucker Doswell, then an undergraduate student at Oberlin College worked with Oberlin College Biology professor, Dr. Yolanda Cruz, and pioneered the first computer software program, built at Oberlin College, to train Embryonic Biology students using 2D computer animation.  Doswell drew all the illustrations using Macromedia Director and followed a standard software development process for implementing the entire software application.  After hearing Doswell’s Ford Mellon presentation in the summer of 1993, Oberlin College professor, Dr. Yolanda Cruz of Oberlin College invited Doswell to pioneer a similar program for her Embryonic Biology class. For his love of learning, research, and human performance enhancements, Doswell took on the challenge. While working full time, Doswell traveled the four-hour roundtrip between Columbus, and Oberlin to consult with Dr Cruz and completed the foundation of this innovative tool in 1995. Afterwards other students built upon his foundation. This tool is still being used to instruct biology students in embryonic biology at Oberlin College.


  • Jayfus T. Doswell begins his journey investigating Virtual Reality and learning. In 1993, Jayfus Tucker Doswell, then an undergraduate student at Oberlin College worked with Oberlin College psychology professor, Dr. James Tanaka, and conducted educational technology research on how a multi-modal interactive, multimedia program can enhance the understanding of geometry. As early as the summer of 1993 and at age 21, Doswell received a Ford Mellon scholarship to conduct research on the implication of education technology on learning performance. Doswell applied his Oberlin studies in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Computer Science to build the first multimedia, educational technology tool to train African American inner Oberlin city youth on Geometry. After conducting pilot tests with high school students, they were unanimous in stating that if education were presented in this fashion, they would be more motivated to learn math. Doswell presented his research findings at Williams College, Williams, Mass.


  • JULT Conferences 2006 2007 2010



Juxtopia® Imhotep™ (JI Band)

Juxtopia® Interactive Virtual Instructor (JIVI™)

Juxtopia® Urban Robotics Application Network (JURBAN™)

Juxtopia® Epoch (JEPOCH™)

Juxtopia® Advanced Mixed Reality (JAMR™)

Juxtopia® Intelligent Spaces (JIS™)

Juxtopia® Urban Learning Technology Television (JULT.tv™)

Juxtopia® Urban Innovation and Cooperative Entrepreneurship (JUICE™)