Tuesday, May 12, 2015

UNO Gets Grant to Create Digital Media Lab

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A $110,000 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents will allow the University of New Orleans to create an interdisciplinary digital media laboratory. The project is a collaboration of the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Film and Theatre, and the Earl K. Long Library, which will house the new lab.

The grant will fund approximately 10 high-performance computers, a 3D printer and motion capture equipment. Each workstation will come equipped with industry-standard software for 3D modeling, photo and video editing, and game development. These are the tools that are necessary to create prototypes of digital game elements, according to Stephen G. Ware, assistant professor of computer science and the grant’s principal investigator.

“New Orleans already has a strong film industry and is quickly expanding its digital media portfolio to include gaming, digital design and other positions that require both scientific and artistic expertise,” Ware said. “This lab will provide some much-needed infrastructure for our students and give them a chance to collaborate on projects in a shared space. In short, this lab is a place where students will make their creative visions into digital and physical realities.”

The lab, which will be located on the third floor of the library, is expected to be ready for students to use during the fall 2015 semester.

“We want to give our students a place outside the classroom where they can work with other students, stretch their creativity and develop skills in using new technologies which will afford them the opportunity to be an entrepreneur and work in the new industries emerging in New Orleans,” said Lora Amsberryaugier, interim dean of the Earl K. Long Library.