Syracuse University @ Downtown
Art meets technology in pioneering ways in a new facility opening November 4 in the AXA Equitable Tower, downtown Syracuse on the Connective Corridor.
Newhouse M.I.N.D. Lab is debuting its new world class research and design center, featuring large format new media technology and visualization space, augmented reality, 3D computer graphics, and human computer interaction.
And, SU Arts Engage is opening new community performance space, combining movement with the world of 3D projection and virtual reality – melding artistic and scientific visualization. Together, they are Syracuse University @ Downtown, a new space that extends the university’s commitment to connect faculty, student and community expertise to accelerate innovation, technology commercialization and civic entrepreneurship.
The new multifunction performance and advanced media research and design space was designed by the Newhouse Media, Interface and Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Lab, an international network of human computer interaction labs specializing in virtual environment design and media research. M.I.N.D. Labs worked in partnership with SU Arts Engage, a leading performing arts organization that fosters collaborations that inspire the community through diverse performance art.
The interplay of multifunction performance space in high tech research and new media space makes this facility particularly unique. It features open, experimental, multifunction space intended for easy configuration, giving it extreme flexibility for converging physical, real-world activity with augmented computer-generated sensory input in semantic context. Research applications for this work are varied, from military to industrial, medical, commercial and entertainment sectors. Technology pioneered through the M.I.N.D. Lab network spans health, robotics, 3D interactive television, medical and scientific visualization, brain imaging and adaptive computing, new media design, game design, augmented cognition and augmented reality design.
The new facility compliments Syracuse University programs at the adjacent Tech Garden, including the Student Sandbox and WISE Women’s Business Center, making this cluster of high tech activity an anchor for innovation, research and entrepreneurship on the Connective Corridor.
M.I.N.D Lab also gives the Syracuse technology community a global reach. The new Syracuse lab will be the lead facility in a network that includes four international core labs in the United States and Korea, and networked labs in five European countries, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Russia and Germany.