University of Portsmouth to launch £3.6m XR centre

University of Portsmouth to launch £3.6m XR centre

The University of Portsmouth has announced plans to launch an XR centre working with specialists White Light.

The university recently received a funding of £3.6M from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which will help fund the launch of the Centre for Creative and Immersive eXtended Reality (CCIXR).

The CCIXR, due to launch in 2021, is a completely integrated facility that will support innovation in the fields of virtual, augmented and extended realities.

Portsmouth will work with White Light SmartStage to launch XR centre

For innovation, research and delivery of the curriculum, CCIXR will make use of XR-specialists White Light’s SmartStage technology. 

This collaboration will help the University of Portsmouth enhance its expertise in creative technologies by offering 12 extended reality (XR) areas of development, and will also help students and staff engage with multiple ranges of curriculum content in a different way. 

SmartStage hopes to enhance the learning experience for its users by enabling academics and creative and thought leaders to deliver interactive learning sessions and online events.

The Portsmouth XR centre will be providing content sources such as photogrammetry, AR, motion capture and volumetric video through SmartStage.

University hopes CCIXR will ‘inspire the creative industries’ future generations’

Reflecting on the development, Richard Wilson, Director at White Light, said that he believes that this collaboration will help with teaching and research and development at the University.

Pippa Bostock, Business and Development Project Manager at University of Portsmouth, said: “Putting our students inside a range of content to elevate their learning experience, will equip them with an indispensable set of transferable skills.

“We are hugely excited to partner with WL, Vicon and Digital Garage (as well as many other industry partners) to bring this vision to life and to cultivate and inspire the creative industries’ future generations.”

Andy Hook, Technical Solutions Director at White Light, said: “The infrastructure for the CCIXR will help expose students to industry-leading equipment, such as disguise XR servers, which will allow them to unleash their creativity through a mixture of immersive display technology.

“Our commitment to R+D is enabling us to continually develop cutting-edge new iterations of this technology for our diverse client base, helping them to secure maximum ROI.”

Pic: University of Portsmouth

Zahra Hamdani - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Zahra Hamdani is an Ireland-based reporter for Global Education Times who focuses on European and South Asian education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Zahra is a school-teacher and educationist with experience in both Primary and Secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Pakistan.

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