The iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research was co-founded in 2002 by Professor Jeffrey Shaw as Foundational Director and Professor Dennis Del Favero as Chair. It is a multi-faculty centre spanning the Faculties of Art & Design, Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering and Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and NIDA. Its principal focus is interdisciplinary creative arts, engineering, humanities and science research into immersive interactivity. To undertake this collaborative research, iCinema brings together key research centres, groups and facilities across these faculties. These are: Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Autonomous Systems and Knowledge Representation Group, Centre for Climate Change Research, Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCHI), Extended Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre), Mining Engineering Innovative Learning Group and the National Facility for Human Robotic Interactions.
The iCinema research program focuses on research into interactive media 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 reimagine new ways of living, training and working.
The Centre has four principal research programs: