M-ITI Team Wins the ICEC Grand Challenge in Entertainment Computing

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A team of researchers from the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) won first prize in the International Conference on Entertainment Computing (ICEC 2015) Grand Challenge sponsored by the IFIP, in Norway. The multidisciplinary team, lead by Valentina Nisi with Mara Dionisio, Luis Ferreira, Julian Hanna and Nuno Nunes were awarded first prize for their submission entitled “Yasmine’s Adventures”.

Yasmine’s Adventures is a location-aware multimedia story (LAMS) that creates an interactive trail across the landscape surrounding Mehringplatz, in Berlin. It uses markers placed around the neighborhood, along a defined path, that can be captured with smart-phones, triggering an augmented-reality interface. The user then explores the neighborhood with Yasmine trough videos. This project was created with the goal of challenging and engaging visitors of the world famous Jewish Museum to explore the adjacent and relatively neglected streets of the area in which it is situated.

Yasmine’s Adventures was developed under the Future Fabulators project funded by the EC Culture Europe program with the support of the Berlin Jewish Museum and the Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação, ARDITI (Regional Agency for the Development of Research, Technology and Innovation).

This is the first edition of the ICEC2015 Grand Challenge, sponsored by the Spanish company Brainstorm and featured a panel of professors from several US universities, Greece, Brazil and Norway. This year’s Grand Challenge is focused towards an overall theme of producing Entertainment Computing for a Better Life, specifically looking for explorations within Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality used in digital storytelling, possibly within movie/TV/Short stories as well as interactive and immersive art.

October 2015