Research Programs

The iCinema Centre’s four complimentary Research Programs investigate the development of an aesthetic platform to explore the visualisation of unpredictable scenarios across a range of domains. Each Program is led by a senior researcher and co-led by an ECR, with a team comprising postdoctoral fellows, research associates, PhD students, programmers and academics.

Research Program One

Interactive Scenarios: Leader – Scientia Prof. Dennis Del Favero, Co-Leader Dr Grant Stevens
(Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture)

This program explores how artistic scenarios, such as a wildfire landscape, can be created through the joint decision making of users and an AI setting as they create a shared virtual environment across distributed museums. Users and an intelligent setting interactively co-author evolving situations unrestricted in aesthetic form, complexity and inventiveness comprising atmospheres, flora, humanoids and topographies.

Research Program Two

Intelligent Database Systems: Leader – Prof. Maurice Pagnucco, Co-Leader Dr Wafa Johal
(Faculty of Engineering)

This program enables spontaneous encounters between human and machine agencies that facilitate unexpected links between intelligent databases that are then integrated into a dynamic framework that learns and grows through joint interaction with users.

Research Program Three

Immersive Modelling: Leader – Dr Susanne Thurow, Co-Leader Dr Andrew Yip
(Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture)

This program probes how film, opera and theatre settings can be jointly composed by multi-located designers through an adaptive and networked 3D model that responds to a creative team’s actions to test unforeseen interactions between the set, performers and technology before construction, creating a digital file that can then be exported for fabrication.

Research Program Four

Wildfire Simulation: Leaders – Prof. Jason Sharples; Co-Leader Dr Rachel Badlan
(Faculty of UNSW Canberra)

This program investigates how groups of users can interactively engage with unanticipated extreme events that develop spontaneously and unpredictably, such as wildfires, in high-fidelity simulations where users and intelligent systems can collaboratively model and explore behavioural dynamics.

Research Program Networks

Research Program Network I

Mobility Prototyping: Leader Prof. Travis Waller
(Faculty of Engineering)

This program develops tools to better understand how mobility is a highly interactive spatial phenomenon. It will build capacity for dynamic simultaneous multi-agent modelling, deploying AI to afford the necessary means for rapidly calculating the impact of mobility choices on users in simulators across the three Centres and for conducting integrated testing of spatial interaction dynamics.

Research Program Network II

High-End Visualisation: Leader A/Prof. Tomasz Bednarz
(Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture)

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