The Honours Lab proved rather lively this afternoon as the JH team projects draw to a close. The students have been exploring OpenSimulator with a view to creating a 3D Interactive St Andrews. Demonstrations highlighted a variety of research areas ranging from social media scraping to NPCs conversing about historical St Andrews. Good effort everyone! Enjoy the Cakes.
Weekend at Sensation
It’s been a busy weekend for the virtual worlds group. The reconstructed St Andrews Cathedral and other ongoing projects, were on display at Sensation in Dundee as part of the “Create and Inspire” initiative.
Friday involved organised school visits and Saturday and Sunday proved busy with members of the public entering the reconstruction to speak to Robert the Bruce and take a guided tour.
The visitors book recorded some great comments, extracts from this will be posted shortly, on the Virtual Worlds Blog.
The Basilica reconstruction was a collaborative project between the School of Classics and the School Computer Science. Research Blog
A reconstruction of St Andrews Cathedral has also taken place.
The reconstruction was a research topic for successful computer science and information technology MSc. dissertations in the summer of 2010 and 2011.
Technical support was available in regular laboratory sessions; in addition students had input from experts in the history and architecture of the cathedral and direct access to the physical site.
A key innovative aspect of this project was to situate the reconstruction within the immersive 3D virtual world OpenSim. This allows visitors to explore the reconstruction through the proxy of an avatar.