Posted November 9, 2010 Atlanta, GA
Racel Williams, Georgia Tech Imagine Lab
Students, faculty, staff invited to beta test and submit ideas at launch event Nov. 16
The Imagine Lab in the Georgia Tech College of Architecture, in partnership with the Georgia Tech Library and Information Center, will launch a demo of an interactive, virtual environment of Georgia Tech’s campus in the LEC Performance Space on November 16, 4 pm to 6 pm. The launch event will give the entire Georgia Tech community an opportunity to help envision and articulate the possibilities for a “virtual” Georgia Tech.
In the environment, users can explore a portion of campus on a computer using a mouse and keyboard, similar to other virtual worlds like Second Life. Additionally, multiple users can interact in the environment in real-time, facilitating virtual meetings among multiple parties.
“We are inviting our colleagues and community to help build a powerful virtual environment base that could potentially support and enhance our educational, cultural, research and administrative settings,” said Imagine Lab director Tolek Lesniewski. “We are eager to let students, faculty and staff experience Georgia Tech in a 3D virtual context, and share their own innovative ideas on how this environment could support the Georgia Tech culture of excellence in research and education.”
Some initial possibilities include:
- Virtual lectures where the Georgia Tech community can attend and participate in live or past discussion
- Virtual classrooms or galleries where users can explore student work
- Virtual labs where users can experience current research projects in real-time
- A multiplayer game that highlights Georgia Tech’s traditions and culture
About the Imagine Lab
Georgia Tech’s Imagine Lab is housed in the College of Architecture and creates virtual, interactive environments to facilitate complex planning and communication for Georgia Tech researchers and collaborators. It is a key component to the Georgia Tech Digital Building lab, which collaborates with corporate and government entities on building research ranging from conceptualization and design to fabrication and project management.
About the Georgia Tech Library and Information Center
The Georgia Tech Library and Information Center is a national leader in providing technologically robust environments and resources in support of student learning and faculty research. The Library is an active participant in the teaching, research, and service mission of Georgia Tech and welcomes opportunities to showcase innovative research from around campus.