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Photo Op: Student creativity on display Thursday

November 27, 2013

Kenneth Zupan, 778.782.8179;
Bernhard Riecke, 778.782.8432;
Andrea Barbera, SIAT communications, 778.782.2250;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

Students in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus will showcase their senior projects—from disaster relief innovations to virtual presentations in some unusual physical settings—on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the campus mezzanine.

Students in the Materials in Design (IAT 336) course will feature their projects on the theme of “living off the grid” and disaster relief, which instructor Kenneth Zupan says have become “that much more relevant, given the recent natural disaster in the Philippines.”

Their projects feature an array of portable and sustainable capabilities—a lemon juice-powered lantern that can be dropped by parachute, an electricity-free fridge for insulin and food, a folding accordion-like solar-powered radio, a water canteen that sports a mechanical dehydration monitor—and others.

Students in Bernhard Riecke’s Immersive Environments (IAT 445) course will showcase immersive virtual reality projects that have been developed in the popular game engine Unity 3D and presented on immersive viewing installations that they have physically built. 

Some of the projects draw from contemporary computer games like Dear Esther and Journey or cinema and television such as Titanic and Game of Thrones.

“In some cases viewers will enter a physical enclosure made of various materials to support the overall immersive experience,” says Riecke. “Students were tasked with designing a purposeful and immersive user experience, diving down to the sunken Titanic, to stepping into the mind of a patient in a psychiatric clinic.”

Sound design students from IAT340 will display their digital music installations along with sound, music and even live performances.

Meanwhile students from IAT443 will give a presentation of their interactive video projects at Aberthau Mansion in Vancouver on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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