We can’t believe it’s more than two years since Dr. Tom Flint and Aga Banach (then a fourth year student) ran this project with our friends at Jupiter Artland, a contemporary sculpture park near Edinburgh.
Jupiter Artland’s mission is to get Every Child in Scotland involved with their collection, so Aga and Tom set about recreating the whole park in Minecraft. They then worked with a group of school children to create a story based mixed reality game. This has provided a new and exciting experience for those who can visit the park and also allowed children who can’t visit the park to experience it virtually. As Jupiter Artland continually expand their collection we’ve tried to keep it up to date with the aim of letting even more people experience the Minecraft world.
There’s loads more information on the project at Jupiter Artland’s site here -https://www.jupiterartland.org/learning/minecraft
Interactive Media Design student Gabriele Maffoni has been working as a research assistant for Dr. Laura Muir for the last few months. They’ve been using our state of the art User Experience lab, The Sensorium, to capture eye tracking data for a research project which aims to improve facial recognition for security systems by analysing patterns in human behaviour.
Gabriele says ” I was given the opportunity to work in the Sensorium Lab and to be research assistant on a project that involves eye tracking. I have an active role in the research and I am learning skills that will be useful in my future dream job (UX Designer), as well as gaining knowledge about topics that seemed unrelated to me. Turns out, they are!”
They are seen here at the Edinburgh Napier University research conference, sharing the findings so far. Gabriele is now spending the summer undertaking an internship in a User Experience company in Italy – the perfect opportunity to put his new skills to the test before returning for fourth year.
You can follow Dr. Laura Muir (@ilauramuir) on twitter.
A warm welcome to our direct entrants from college who are pictured here taking part in the Prototyping for Virtual Reality workshop with DMID lecturer John Morrison. They’ve had the chance to spend two days with us, finding out what life at University is really like as part of the “Let’s Start” events . It was great to meet them all and after some interesting conversations we’re looking forward to September so we can get started on some exciting projects.
A team of our students led by year 2 Digital Media student Murray Patterson have won two awards at the Edinburgh 48 Hour Film Project. The talented team have been awarded both Best Editing and Best Effects for their short film. You can watch the “director’s cut” of the piece below.