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The Institute for Media Innovation (IMI) is an international interdisciplinary research institute on digital media. More than 30 PhD students coming from different NTU schools are working in the IMI premises on various interdisciplinary projects. The monthly PhD seminar is very popular and gives the opportunity to all IMI PhD students and their supervisors to exchange innovative ideas and latest development together.
IMI has created several interdisciplinary research teams across campus in different domains such as autonomous virtual humans, social robots, immersive technology to interact with virtual pink dolphins, crowds and groups simulation for future cities. New projects are on 3D medical physiological humans in link with the LKC school of medicine. Other projects include crane simulation in complex environment as chemical and industrial environment. The IMI immersive room built in 2011 allows to have a truly experience in immersive virtual worlds. It is the only one in the world to have a 320 degree seamlessly rounded screen allowing a natural immersion. IMI researchers has developed applications in medical field as the simulation of the baby birth or playing volleyball against autonomous Virtual Humans.
The International Centre, BeingThere Centre, on 3D Telepresence, has been established since December 2010 at IMI with an overall funding of 23 Million Singapore dollars from Media Development Agency (MDA) in Singapore and with a participation of each participating University. It groups together key international partners - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) at Zurich in Switzerland, the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in the United States, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. In this project, over 15 faculties in NTU have focused their research on various aspects of the Telepresence research and in particular, in IMI, on virtual humans and social robots who can act as substitutes or additional human resources.