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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. The IMI distinguished lecture series brings top researchers from all over the world to address key issues in the interactive digital media domain.

The International Centre, BeingThere, on 3D Telepresence has been established since December 2010 at IMI with an overall funding of 23 Million Singapore dollars. 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, on virtual humans and social robots who can act as substitutes or additional human resources.

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. It has become a visualization tool to assist more and more NTU researchers and faculties in their research work. Plenty of demos developed by IMI researchers and NTU professors are shown to visitors coming from different parts of the world. This exceptional immersive equipment is made available for all NTU researchers. IMI also welcomes any interested parties to collaborate and develop new applications using the immersive 3D room.

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, 3D medical physiological humans and modeling 3D clothes for fashion shows to cite just a few. Some of these projects are supported by IMI seed grants to help researchers proving concepts and developing prototypes for further external funding.

Every year, IMI organizes summer schools, workshops and international conferences in many interdisciplinary fields of digital media attracting a lot of visitors. IMI has reached a truly international standard for research and collaboration.