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Thursday, September 27 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Keynote: Democratizing immersive media through participatory design

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While interest in new technologies can be immediately apparent, barriers to access are not always clear. Iterative, participatory, interface design is one approach to bridging disciplinary barriers to democratizing new technologies. Here we discuss what we learned applying these methods to the development of Immerj, an application to simplify the post-production of immersive video content, developed by students at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. Much like gateways, Immerj provides easy access to high-end technologies. Students had the opportunity to engage with stakeholders including journalists at the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and many other local and national organizations in order to guide the design of their Knight Foundation funded prototype. We will discuss what we learned and how stakeholder input helped our engineers understand and meet the stakeholders' needs, offering implications for gateways of all types. 

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Deepak Chetty

Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin
Winner of the 2016 "Best 3D Live Action Short" from the Advanced Imaging Society and "Best Director" from ITVFest, Deepak Chetty’s sci-fi thriller HARD RESET was the first Stereoscopic 3D UT graduate thesis film (in conjunction with UT3D) and, according to his thesis advisor, "one of the most technically ambitious films ever produced at UT." Before receiving his MFA from UT Austin, Chetty was already an accomplished post-production generalist in NYC.  In addition to his directing and VFX expertise, Chetty’s ci... Read More →
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Brian McCann

Texas Advanced Computing Center

Thursday September 27, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
Lil Tex Auditorium, Commons Conference Center 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758