Research Programs

The iCinema Centre’s cross faculty Research Programs undertake the aesthetic development of visualisation systems that explore unpredictable scenarios across a range of domains. The Programs are led by a senior researcher and co-led by an ECR, with a team comprising postdoctoral fellows, research fellows, programmers, academics, PhD researchers and industry partners. These programs are articulated to Research Network Programs developed in collaboration with the Climate Change Research Centre (UNSW Science), the Expanded Perception & Interaction Centre (UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture) and the Research Centre Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) (UNSW Engineering).

Research Program One

Interactive Scenarios: Leader – ARC Laureate Fellow Prof. Dennis Del Favero, Co-Leader – Dr Grant Stevens
(UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture)

This program explores how artistic scenarios, such as wildfire landscapes, can be visually created through the joint decision making of users and an AI virtual environment across networked museum sites so that they co-author evolving situations unrestricted in aesthetic form, complexity and inventiveness using atmosphere, flora, humanoid and topographical data.

Research Program Two

Intelligent Systems: Leader – Prof. Maurice Pagnucco, Co-Leader – Dr Yang Song
(UNSW Engineering)

This program enables spontaneous encounters between human and machine agencies that facilitate unexpected links between intelligent databases underpinning a dynamic visualisation system that learns and grows through joint interaction with users.

Research Program Three

Immersive Modelling: Leader – Dr Susanne Thurow, Co-Leader – Dr Andrew Yip
(UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture)

This program probes how performance settings can be jointly composed by multi-located designers through networked 3D visualisation that enables a creative team to model and test unforeseen interactions between the setting, performer and technology before construction, creating a digital file that can then be exported for fabrication.

Research Program Four

Wildfire Dynamics: Leader – Prof. Jason Sharples, Co-Leader – Dr Rachel Badlan
(UNSW Canberra)

This program investigates how groups of users can interactively engage with unanticipated wildfire events that develop spontaneously and unpredictably in high-fidelity visualisations where users and intelligent systems can collaboratively model and explore behavioural fire dynamics.

Research Network Program One

Convection Simulation: Leader – ARC Laureate Fellow Steven Sherwood, Co-Leader – Dr Moutassem El Rafei
(UNSW Science)

This program develops the 3D visualisation necessary to depict the fluid dynamics of convection currents in extreme wind situations, such as during a wildfire and a cyclone, using satellite and ground data.

Research Network Program Two

High-End Visualisation: Leader – A/Prof. Tomasz Bednarz, Co-Leader
(UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture)

This program develops the multimodal data visualisation needed to provide fast processing and instant feedback in a visualisation system using the custom High-End Visualisation Software System (HEVS) that allows researchers and users across platforms to interact with each other by sharing and manipulating the same 3D simulation in real time.

Research Network Program Three

Mobility Prototyping: Leader – Prof. Travis Waller, Co-Leader – Prof. Vinayak Dixit
(UNSW Engineering)

This program develops tools to better understand how mobility is a highly interactive spatial phenomenon to build capacity for dynamic simultaneous multi-agent modelling, deploying AI visualisation to rapidly calculate the impact of mobility choices on users in a range of contexts.

Laureate Forum Program

Advanced Aesthetics
(UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture, Canberra and Engineering)

This program formally mentors ECRs as iCinema Fellows through programmatic collaboration and workshopping in the application of cutting-edge aesthetics.