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EPSRC Reference: EP/C546962/1
Title: Immersive Computing Games: A Visiting Fellowship
Principal Investigator: Bai, Dr L
Other Investigators:
Logan, Professor B Kendall, Professor G
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Department: School of Computer Science
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 2005 Ends: 31 August 2008 Value (£): 14,374
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Multimedia
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Creative Industries
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This proposal requests funds to support a 4 month visiting fellowship to give the Automated Scheduling and Planning (ASAP), and Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL) research groups at the School of Computer Science & IT, University of Nottingham the opportunity to work with Prof. Yangsheng Wang of the Institute of Automaton, Chinese Academy of Sciences. This project will allow us to extend our expertise to an exciting new area: Immersive Computer Games.Dr Li Bai (principal investigator) and Dr Graham Kendal (co-investigator) were recently awarded an EPSRC INTERACT grant (GR/S73150/01) to visit the Chinese Academy of Sciences (the visit took place in April 2004). The grant was the result of a joint effort of the research groups at the School of Computer Science and IT (ASAP, MRL) responding to the first EPSRC call for proposals to support initial stages of new collaborations with China, Japan, and India. It was during the INTERACT visit that Dr Bai and Dr Kendall were introduced to China's Online Games projects. In the past few years, the online game industry has developed rapidly and has become one of the most influential entertainment media in many countries. In 2003 alone, China had about 80 million people using the Internet [ ] with 15 million of them playing online games [ ]. It is a hugely profitable market. As such, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology funded two Online Games projects in 2003.Prof. Wang is the leader of one of these games projects. He is currently working with a team of high calibre games developers from China's top games companies, including artists, mathematicians, and computer scientists. The project consists of two components. One is concerned with strategies for online games in China and the other is with research into Intelligent Human and Computer Interaction for online games. Traditional HCI methods for such applications depend on the use of a mouse, a keyboard and other control devices. Modern and future computer games demand more natural and intelligent HCI technologies. Prof Wang's team is researching human voice and gesture recognition for game interfaces, especially for online game interfaces. This includes individual modelling, animation, speech recognition, face recognition, gesture recognition and game control.This fellowship proposal requests resources to support Prof. Wang to spend 4 months within the School of Computer Science & IT at the University of Nottingham to work with researchers from the ASAP and MRL research groups on issues pertaining to computer games research. It will combine the skills of the Chinese Academy of Sciences research team led by Prof. Wang and the innovative and world-leading research that is carried out within ASAP and MRL research groups at Nottingham. During the 4 months visiting fellowship we will particularly concentrate upon game intelligence and novel and intuitive approaches to game interfaces, an area that would benefit from recent works by both parties in advanced interfaces and Al and will prompt further research and development in these important cutting-edge research areas. In addition, we will explore avenues for future research and commercialisation in a number of areas. This will include developing joint research proposals that could be submitted to a range of UK and Chinese funding bodies, including the Royal Society.
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