I represented the University of Nottingham Ningbo China at the very prestigious 2016 International Congress on ICT in Education and Innovative Achievement Exhibition of ICT in Education. The event is held from 22-24 June in Qingdao and is organised by UNESCO, Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, Education Management Information Centre from the MoE PRC, Shandong Provincial Education Department. The event is hosted by the Education Bureau of Qingdao and the Chinese Journal of ICT in Education. Last year, President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the conference, which was attended by high profile figures such as director-general of UNESCO Irina Bokova, Vice premier of PRC Liu Yan Dong, and other delegates.
VR demo with the Oculus Rift DK2
The purpose of the event was to expand international outlook, further explore the innovative model integrating ICT and education, and build a platform for cooperation and exchange in terms of ICT in education through showcasing global leading information technology and latest achievements and exemplary cases of ICT in education.
University of Nottingham Ningbo were 1 out of 9 selected universities to represent the event. The university considers this a highly important platform from which to showcase our world-class teaching, learning, and research-led teaching not only to high-profile visitors from within China, but also to international delegates, and via the media (CCTV, etc).
Together with my trusted colleagues, we showcased VR demos and pilot applications using our Oculus Rift DK2 and Samsung Gear VR with S6 Edge. The event was well attended and our booth seems to attract a lot of attention!
Chinas Ministry of Education Delegates Trying out our VR Demos!
Virtual heritage – the use of digital technology and virtual environments for researching, conserving and conveying our cultural heritage, offers exciting new ways to learn and experience the cultural treasures of the world, both past and present.
Virtual heritage has its origin at the formation of the Virtual Systems and Multimedia (VSMM) Society conference at Gifu, Japan in 1995, and can be attributed to many of the champions (Addison, 2000; Refsland, Ojika, Addison, & Stone, 2000; Stone & Ojika, 2000) of this particular strand of work. Since then, the heritage community has witnessed considerable investment from various institutions for heritage works that involve or are related to the use of digital technology, particularly with one of the larger funding bodies in Europe. Two notable projects totaling 10 million euros that has garnered wide media attention for their discoveries, including being selected as exhibits for the 2012 and 2015 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, bear witness to the importance of digital- and technology-oriented heritage projects. These two complex archaeological heritage projects with large spatial-temporal scales – Europe’s Lost World and the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes project are pushing technological boundaries beyond what contemporary techniques can afford (see Ch’ng et al., 2011; Gaffney, Fitch, & Smith, 2009; Gaffney, Thomson, & Fitch, 2007). These are specimen works that has demonstrated that heritage could contribute to pioneering geophysics instrumentations, digital and computational approaches. Many other funded projects worldwide involving cutting-edge technologies overseen by a consortium of academic and heritage institutions are pioneers to the many digital heritage innovations today, the list of which is too numerous to be listed here. The support for heritage research has important meaning, as stated in the European Commission’s website: “Cultural heritage enriches the individual lives of citizens, is a driving force for the cultural and creative sectors, and plays a role in creating and enhancing Europe’s social capital. It is also an important resource for economic growth, employment and social cohesion, offering the potential to revitalise urban and rural areas and promote sustainable tourism.” (EC, 2015)… [continue reading]
I was invited for the second time to participate at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015 held in London 30 June – 5 July. Our exhibit featured the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes project, with the discovery of 17 monuments using remote sensing methods and VR visualisation. I developed a multitouch table system for acquiring human behaviour, described in an invited article “Crowd Behaviour Mining with Virtual Environments” published in PRESENCE: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments [pdf].