WHAT: Future Delta – Gaming Technology and Climate Change
WHEN: Wednesday, January 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: CCS 142, UBC Okanagan Campus
As part of the FCCS Research Series, Emerging Visions: Digital Media and Culture, Dr. Aleksandra Dulic and Dr. Stephen R. J. Sheppard, will discuss Future Delta, an educational virtual environment where players can learn more about climate change solutions by interacting with the space.
Future Delta is an immersive and interactive virtual environment that acts as a tool for communication between researchers and the public. Combining climate change modeling, socioeconomic scenario analysis and 3D image modeling of real places, we aim to make climate change science and solutions more salient and understandable.
Dr. Aleksandra Dulic is media artist working at the intersections of interactive multimedia and live performance with research foci in cross-cultural media, interactive animation and computational poetics. Her artistic work is presented in exhibitions, festivals, and television broadcasts across Europe, Asia and North America. These works include films, animated media performances, interactive computer installations as well as instruments and tools for live animation.
Dr. Stephen R. J. Sheppard teaches in sustainable landscape planning, aesthetics, and visualization in the Faculty of Forestry and Landscape Architecture programme at UBC. He received a BA/MA in Agricultural and Forest Sciences at Oxford, a MSc. in Forestry at UBC, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning at UC. Berkeley. He directs the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), an interdisciplinary research group using perception-testing and immersive/interactive visualization to support public awareness and collaborative planning on sustainability issues. He has over 30 years’ experience in environmental assessment and public participation internationally. He has written or co-written two books on visual simulation, and co-edited “Forests and Landscapes: Linking Ecology, Sustainability, and Aesthetics”, Volume 6 in the IUFRO Research series. Current research interests lie in perceptions of climate change, the aesthetics of sustainability, and visualization theory and ethics.
Emerging Visions: Digital Media and Culture is sponsored by Green College UBC and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan. For more information on the research series, visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/fccs/research/areas-of-expertise/media/emergingvisions.html