Institute of Creative Technologies areas of expertise

At the IOCT we Make and share new knowledge and expertise in transdisciplinary creative technologies practice. Current areas of expertise include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Holography
  • 3D imaging
  • Interaction design
  • The internet of things
  • Transmedia
  • Usability and innovation
  • Virtual, augmented and mixed realities

The Institute of Creative Technologies houses a number of smaller transdisciplinary research groups, each with a specific focus, including Creative Artificial Intelligence Group (CAI), The Imaging and Displays Research Group (IDRG) and DAPPer (Digital Arts Performance Practice - emerging research).

The Imaging and Displays Research Group (IDRG)

Imaging and Displays Research Group (IDRG) is a team of multidisciplinary academics who have earned an international reputation for excellence in the design, development and evaluation of next-generation three-dimensional (3D) displays and holography for consumer and industrial use. Led by Professor Martin Richardson, the team is specialist inadvanced holographic solutions to the problems of ultra-realistic 3-D display and Digital Holography and their world-first projects regularly involve collaboration with partners worldwide, leading to new possibilities for innovation and greater interaction.

The IDRG is concerned primarily with advanced stereoscopic and auto stereoscopic display systems. This involves the design, development, application and characterisation of such displays as well as investigation of their associated human factors and researchers carry out investigation into Holographic Imaging, three-dimensional images, lenticular technology and security holograms. This work encompasses a wide variety of application domains including computer graphics, virtual reality and telepresence. Historically, IDRG has enjoyed wide anddiverse support both at home and abroad.

Participating academics within the Imaging and Displays Research Group (IDRG) regularly publish books and articles, the most recent being published by IEEE / Wiley & Sons, 2018. Group work is exhibited both nationally and internationally and may be found in public collections including The National Media Museum and The National Science Museum, together with Christies Contemporary Art (CCA) in London. Regular contributions to imaging periodicals, such as The Imaging Science Journal andthe Royal Photographic Society. The IDRG engage with large numbers of the general public at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, Science Fairs, The Royal Photographic Society.

IDRG offers short courses in holography and you can engage directly with their work on the IDRG through Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.

Digital Arts Performance Oractice - emerging research (DAPPer)

DAPPer is a space where people working in all areas of digital performance can come together – practitioners, technologists, academics, organisations and all those in-between – to capture, share, discuss, experiment and develop work and ideas relating to digital art and performance. It is our contention that whilst many individuals work within their own specialist area or sector, innovation occurs when we have the opportunity to collaborate and cooperate with others. Digital art performance practices are emerging as a response to a fast moving technological landscape and as artists adapt to these new paradigms it is clear that digital practices are havinga profound effect on the ways in which we make and understand our work. DAPPER aims to provide a space to focus on and interrogate the range of inter/transdisciplinary approaches specifically from the perspective of artistic process and practice.

DAPPer is led by Sophy Smith and Kerry Franksen and members include practice researchers from across the university, with specialisms in immersive performance, mixed reality performance, creative AI, VR /360 performance practice and participatory practice. The group run regular cross-sector events, including SIVE (Storytelling in Virtual Environments), intensive interdisciplinary residencies and symposiums. More details can be found on the dapp-er website.

DAPPer is supported by the Laser Unicorns, a collective of artists, practitioners, technologists, researchers and commentators, who come together to cultivate connections and to nurturecreative cooperation. Through their affinity for all things performative and technological, they come together to capture, share, discuss, experiment, and develop work and ideas relating to performance and digital art. Through creative exploration, their aim is to consider how to negotiate the complex nexus of performance and digital art. How can we activate collective thinking and artistic work and practices that deal with the complicated relation between embodied matter and the digital? How might we interrogate further, the range of inter/transdisciplinary approaches specifically from the perspective of artistic process and practice? How can we capture, share, and elucidate these processes and modes of thinking?

Lazer Unicorns include Maria Chatzichristodoulou (London South Bank University), Mark Coniglio (Troikatronix/Troika Ranch), Kerry Franksen, Ruth GIbson and Bruno Martelli (Gibson/Martelli), Sita Popat (Digital Performance Research Group, University of Leeds), Jo Scott (Arts, Media andCommunication Research Centre, University of Salford), Sophy Smith (Assault Events), Sarah Whatley (Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University).

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