The iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, established in 2002, is an interdisciplinary art, engineering and science centre spanning the Faculties of the College of Fine Arts, Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering and Science at the University of New South Wales. It brings together researchers and postgraduate students in digital media, aesthetics, multimedia design, media theory, computer science, artificial intelligence, civil engineering and atmosphere science.
The iCinema research program focuses on research into immersive interactivity for benchmark applications across the arts, broadcast, construction, environment, heritage, museum and visualisation sectors. In particular, it is focused on the way next generation technologies can be used to imagine new ways of living, learning, researching and working.
The Centre has three principal research domains:
The exploration of narrative systems that allow the viewer to interact with a wide range of cinematic materials including autonomous narrative agency.
The investigation of multi-modal environments that provide settings for the exploration of diverse mixed reality scenarios.
The integration of distributed multi-user virtual environments within local and globally networked systems.