Laboratories02/06/2022 2023-09-07 13:25
The Immersive Media Lab
The Immersive Media Lab (IML) is an on-campus state-of-the-art lab focusing on immersive experience powered by sensors and artificial intelligence. The lab emphasises the design and development of engaging content for a multisensory and multimodal user experience. Launching the Immersive Media Lab at this time is ideal since there has been substantial investment globally into interactive technologies and the Metaverse in the past few years. The growth of immersive technologies within industries has been almost universal, spanning education, the automotive industry, real estate, and tourism. The IML provides diverse opportunities for collaborative development, research and education. Dr Nassirah Laloo and Dr Mohammad Sameer Sunhaloo are the founding members of the lab.
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May 2022: Signature Ceremony
The IML, through a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Ceridian Mauritius Ltd on the 24th of May 2022, aims to strengthen collaboration between industry and academia.
The Event was honoured by the presence of Mr Vidia Mooneegan, the Managing Director/ Vice President of Ceridian Mauritius Ltd.
June 2022: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
UTM Immersive Media Lab Participation
The IML through the Metaverse provided an innovative and immersive experience on drug sensitisation. The audiences were immersed in virtual worlds to enable them to understand the stark reality and harshness of life of those who consider drugs an escape. AR anti-drug posters were developed for the event, and they indeed captured the attention of the viewers.
The Event was honoured by the presence of Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, MP, Prime Minister; Honourable Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, BCSK, MP, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science, and Technology; and Dr The Honourable Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal, MP, Minister of Health and Wellness.
July 2022: Ansam Avek CSU Communication Campaign at Saint Pierre Market
The IML contributed to the communication campaign. One of the themes of the campaign was National Drug Secretariat. Interactive technologies were used to sensitise the participants on drugs and substance abuse.
The Event was honoured by the presence of Honourable Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, GCSK, MP, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science, and Technology.
August 2022 Radio One Career Fair
The IML presented the Immersive Media Lab and demonstrated technologies considered in the lab. The audiences included other institutions and college students. Research and collaboration opportunities were proposed. Study pathways were explained and the need to stay up-to-date with technology was emphasized.
September 2022: Presentation of the UTM-IML lab at the Salon de Léducation
The UTM-IML presented the University and the Immersive Media Lab. Emerging technologies related to the Metaverse were detailed. The audience included other institutions and college students. Research and collaboration opportunities were proposed. Study pathways were explained and the need to stay up-to-date with technology was emphasized.
August 2023: UTM-IML August 2023: Project entitled ‘The Biggest 3D and AR Street Park in Mauritius, on Venpin Street, Chinatown.
The UTM-IML contributed to the augmented reality experience of 3D fresque introduced by the Chinatown Foundation with the famous artist from Shanghai – Yan Jian. Artist Yan has been involved in many of the murals of Chinatown as well as the creator of Tang Loon, the longest Dragon of Africa in plastic bottles. Experiential research, analysis, animation, and development were considered in the project. Dr. Nassirah Laloo (Senior Lecturer), Dr. Mohammad Sameer Sunhaloo (Assoc Prof), and Mr. Asvind Dookhorun (Part-Time Lecturer) were part of the project.
The event was honoured by Hon Avinash Teeluck, Minister of Arts & Cultural Heritage, Dr the Hon Muhammad Ismael Rawoo, Private Parliamentary Secretary, His Excellency Mr. Liying Shu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Mamode Issop Nujuraully, Lord Mayor, Mr. Jean Paul Lam Cham Kee, President of the Chinatown Foundation, Ms. Kathleen Lai Fat Fur, Vice President of the Chinatown Foundation.