iCinema Overview

The iCinema Centre is focused on the development of AI-based creative visualisation across the Faculties of Arts, Architecture and Design, Engineering and UNSW Canberra @ ADFA. As the world is increasingly disrupted by climate change, visualising unpredictable processes in sensorially compelling ways becomes of paramount concern. Faced with increasingly unanticipated and networked situations such as landscapes riven by wildfires, the academic and industrial sectors are utilising fully immersive and intelligent visualisation systems to explore and prototype these events in order to optimise practical understanding and effective decision making. At the cutting edge of this research is the problem of how to visually model these situations by integrating the way AI rapidly analyses underlying patterns with the human capacity to experientially interpret and respond to such scenarios.

Critical here is the development of a collaborative and visceral experiential framework that facilitates the aesthetic visualisation of unanticipated and multi-located scenarios and their translation across domains and industries. This involves open-ended decision making and situational awareness between users and AI scenarios—an as yet unattained goal in visualisation research. Such a framework involves integrating research into AI aesthetics with advances in cinematic scale 3D environments, so that visualisation operates as a collaborative exploration by networked digital and human agencies in ways that were previously unimaginable.

The iCinema Centre’s four complimentary Research Programs investigate the development of such an aesthetic framework for the art, design, museology and simulation sectors. These programs are:

a) Interactive Art Scenarios
b) Intelligent Database Systems
c) Immersive Design Modelling
d) Extreme Event Simulation

These programs are articulated to two Research Program Networks with UNSW’s Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) and the Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre) to explore new forms of unpredictable immersive connectivity. These networks are:

a) Mobility Planning and Prototyping
b) High-End Computing and Visualisation

The Centre was founded in 2002 by Professor Jeffrey Shaw as Foundational Director, Scientia Professor Dennis Del Favero as Chair and Professor Neil Brown as Co-Director.