The St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences hosted the International Conference on Creative\Media/Technologies (IConCMT) which highlighted current trends in media technology and offered insights into state-of-the-art research and practice – from animation, film and sound technology through digital museums and Augmented Reality to Artificial Intelligence.
At the same time, the UAS held an International Week to promote exchange between staff members of European universities.
Highlights from the World of Media Technology
The IConCMT saw different disciplines present and discuss their research approaches over the course of three days. The broad spectrum of contributions covered almost all aspects of media technology such as:
- Augmented and Virtual Reality
- Big Data
- Ambient Assisted Living
- Digital Healthcare
- Industrial Internet
- Mobile Applications
“The conference offered an opportunity for international exchange in the research areas established at our university. We used these three days to present internationally anchored formats and connect the scientists behind them with researchers from Lower Austria”, explains Franziska Bruckner, organiser of the conference and head of the Media Creation research group at the St. Pölten UAS.
Film, Sound, Digital Museum and Design
The conference consisted of several specialist sessions and workshops, beginning with the “All Around Audio” symposium which deals with current trends in terms of research and development in the realm of sound and music.
A workshop on the topic of “Digitally Enhanced Museum Experience” examined the use of 3D technology as well as Augmented and Virtual Reality in a museum and exhibition design. The workshop was part of the research project MEETeUX which explores and develops approaches and solutions to digital forms of exhibition design. Kathryn Eccles from the Oxford Internet Institute held the keynote speech on the topic of “Digital Traces, Data Deluge: What can we learn from the Digitally Enhanced Museum?”.
Researchers from the St. Pölten UAS presented works from their Immersive Media Lab in a workshop on Immersive Storytelling. Spotlight workshop gave international scientists the opportunity to introduce their work. Brigitta Hosea from the University for the Creative Arts in England held a keynote speech on “Live Animation: From Lightning Sketch to Lasers“.
Under the heading “Different Brilliant”, students and alumni of the St. Pölten UAS and other universities presented master theses and projects from the field of design. At the opening of the sessions, students of the Department of Media & Digital Technologies introduced works from their project semester and the international and interdisciplinary elective module European Project Semester. An evening event saw the award ceremony of the Golden Wire, the media prize of the St. Pölten UAS.
The conference was supported by the department for science and research of the Lower Austrian government as well as the Digital Innovation Hub DIHOST, promoted by ecoplus, the federal state of Lower Austria, FFG, and the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs.