M-ITI Team Wins the ICEC Grand
Challenge in Entertainment Computing
A team of researchers from the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI
) won first prize in the International Conference on Entertainment Computing
) 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”.
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).
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.