Provost, Patrick Prendergast, opened the Trinity Centre for Creative Technologies & Media Engineering (CHIME) on Thursday 23rd February. The event took place in the newly refurbished Stack B in the IFSC.
CHIME hosts 14 academic staff and 50 full time researchers from two internationally reknowned research groups: Graphics, Vision and Visualization (GV2) in the School of Computer Science and Statistics (SCSS); and Media Signal Processing (Sigmedia) in the School of Engineering.
SCSS recently recruited SFI Research Professor of Creative Technologies, Aljosa Smolic, who co-directs the Centre, along with EE Professor Anil Kokaram, Head of Sigmedia. Prof. Smolic’s research project, V-SENSE, aims to Extend the Dimensions of Visual Sensation through novel algorithms and workflows for Image-Based Visual Computing expanding the classical 2D video viewing experience common today, and to enable and support new consumer behaviours and preferences in consumption and creation of such content. SCSS Professor of Visual Computing, Carol O’Sullivan, has also recently returned from a career break in Seoul National University and Disney Research Los Angeles to resume her role as Head of GV2 and to continue her research on Animation and Perception. Together they lead a team of world-class researchers who are continuing to build on the considerable achievements of both research groups, which include high-impact publications and successful spin-outs, including Havok, SureWash and Green Parrot Pictures (acquired by Google).
Commenting at the event, Provost Patrick Prendergast said: “The Centre’s ambition is to establish Trinity as a world class centre of excellence in Creative Technologies & Media Engineering, and to push the boundaries of visual and auditory processing. That’s a high ambition but look what’s already been achieved! With the talent, leadership and commitment here, I have full confidence.