Swanston Academic Building - RMIT.
Visiting RMIT University was the last part of the SUNY Oswego Transhumanism course. This course was a global collaboration course focused in: Computer Science and Literary/Philosophy (SUNY, Oswego) and also Artistic/Creative (RMIT, Australia). So, from May, 20th to June, 06th a group of students: Anthony Kirkpatrick, Bobby Tew, Carly Karas, Phillip Moore and Adam Matta; me and the leader professor Dr Damian Schofield from SUNY Oswego joined RMIT University.
RMIT University is a global university of technology and design located in Melbourne, Australia. The university is awesome and enjoys an international reputation for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research. Also, RMIT University is a leader in technology, design and communication promoting a great environment for creative industry.
Working in RMIT with Dr Lisa Dethridge
RMIT University is internationally recognized for its Media and Communication School, where video, animation and interactive media are focused. Dr Lisa Dethridge, senior lecturer of Media and Communication School and also the Master of Creative Media Research Representative, received us in RMIT University. The first activity in was to work with students from the Creative Media program discussing movie scripts. The script should include robots as a character. The goal was achieved and in the end of the meetings, the results were three different scripts.
Access Grid / EVO video conf.
RMIT University also offers a lot of research labs that we had the opportunity to visit. The RMIT e-Research Office has been established to facilitate IT systems, software and services support to researchers with high-performance computing (HPC), high-bandwidth network and data-intensive collaborative spaces needs. Services are centered on major research ICT infrastructure items, such as those funded through ARC linkage infrastructure, equipment and facilities grants, assistance with multi-institution and multi-disciplinary ICT support, and major state and national e-Research initiatives. One of the equipments used for high definition video exhibition was the access grid, an EVO video conference node used for supporting the gallery space.
The Exertion Games Lab is a new lab that researches the future of gaming and play in order to understand how to design better interactive experiences. Exertion Games Lab research is focused on the merging of play, technology and the active human body, drawing from research streams such as interaction design, human-computer interaction and computer games research.
Exertion Games Lab.
The culture in the Exertion Games Lab is one of interdisciplinary work. At the Exertion Games Lab they emphasize the development of working prototypes in order to fully understand what play is, why we play, and how we will play in the future. The ongoing researches of Exertion Games Lab are focused in: designing the future, improving health and lifestyle, smart technologies solutions, sustainability and climate change challenges.
Playing with ELEMENTS.
We also visited the RMIT’s Virtual Reality Centre. Dr Jonathan Duckworth, researcher working with interactive media applications in RMIT’s Virtual Reality Centre since 1999, presented his current works. The research relates to the design and evaluation of systems for movement rehabilitation in patients who have sustained traumatic brain injury. In collaboration with scientists and clinicians, Dr Duckworth has developed an approach to rehabilitation which integrates computer games technology, tangible user interfaces, augmented feedback, and artistic expression to enhance patients’ motor and cognitive skills. They developed the ELEMENTS, it is a media art work that demonstrates how theories of interaction design can be used for benefiting rehabilitation issues.
This experience is in the vanguard of collaborative international research and learning promoted by SUNY Oswego and RMIT University. For me, being in Australia is just awesome. Not just because the amazing outdoors and Melbourne (it is really cool here!).But, because the great perspectives of this academic experience. This kind of effort is an important opportunity to interact face-to-face with overseas researchers. This experience enriches international collaboration, putting together professors, reseachers and students. It goes further than videoconference, it is an immersive cultural experience. As a scholar visiting in SUNY Oswego and a Brazilian Science without Borders fellowship I am so glad to be part of these and excited with the next steps. Watch the video produced by RMIT students about this experience.