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Swinburne University of Technology

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Swinburne is a leader in multimedia education in Australia and was the first university in Victoria to offer technically-oriented multimedia degree courses as well as those with the highest level of communication values.

Building upon this experience, Swinburne now offers a range of innovative and distinct undergraduate and postgraduate programs which traverse a number of specialist areas including multimedia design, media analysis and applications, and multimedia technology.

The School of Information Technology has a major role in multimedia research in the context of system design and usability. Staff are involved in exciting, innovative work focussing on the development of an effective design methodology to enable developers to create usable multimedia systems. Two such projects are: The research into what extent are formalised design approaches used for educational multimedia; and Multimedia Mate - a multimedia development methodology.

The first study investigated the extent to which Victorian multimedia developers apply formal design approaches when creating educational multimedia titles. The results suggest extreme diversity in the approaches used to design educational multimedia, and a low level of use of any formal methodologies. This can be attributed to a general lack of understanding of formalised design approaches and a reluctance among developers to create design methodologies due to the resource investment required and a concern that use of methodologies could inhibit creativity.

The second study, the Multimedia Mate project, extended the first study with an aim to produce a practical and usable tool to enable multimedia developers to create effective multimedia systems by following a well-principled design methodology. Multimedia Mate is a prototypical system developed in this research. It is an interactive knowledge-based system that provides high-level information, processes, guidelines, templates and samples to guide the system developer to create multimedia systems effectively and efficiently.

Research in the National School of Design is focused upon two areas. The first is interface design. Within this, multimedia provides a challenging range of interface opportunities for the user that is dramatically different to those of the traditional paper-based document design interface. These require a reconsideration of visual language graphic codes and navigational possibilities.

The second is the development of survey methodology that exploits both the interactive and object simulation capabilities of internet-based multimedia. These capabilities set the new electronic media apart from traditional and paper-based questionnaire methods.

The Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing is developing educational virtual reality "exhibits" for use in both its virtual reality theatrette and internet astronomy programs. The 3D-visualisation laboratory is connected to the Swinburne supercomputer with a Gbit link and can play back pre-rendered images in the virtual reality theatre. The system is used to visualise complex 3D structures using shutter glasses which give added depth to the material and allows the users to visit architectural splendours that have been rendered on the supercomputer. The Centre also has a powerful renderfarm which can deliver 70 Gflops of rendering power to produce complex multimedia for use in its online astronomy programs.

Office of Research and Graduate Studies
Swinburne University of Technology

 

National School of Design
http://www.hed.swin.edu.au/design/research.htm
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Design and the world wide web
Chief Researcher: Haig A (MDes)
Supervisor: Whitfield Prof A
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: ANIMATION; INTERNET
Research Field Classification: 280105 Interfaces and Presentation (excl. Computer-Human Interaction)


Sociological research using the internet as a research tool: Case study - An interactive internet based survey of public perceptions of the design professions
Chief Researcher: Harrison G (PhD)
Supervisor: Whitfield Prof A
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: 3D REPRESENTATIONS
Research Fields Classification: 289999 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences nec
280211 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
280104 Computer-Human Interaction

 

Office of Special Projects
http://www.ainonline.com.au

Focus media programs: Asia Pacific Information Network (AIN)
Chief Researcher: Austin Prof T
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: INTERNET; DESIGN; VISUAL EFFECTS; VISUALISATION TECHNIQUES; COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
Research Fields Classification: 280104 Computer-Human Interaction
280105 Interfaces and Presentation (excl. Computer-Human Interaction)
280202 Computer Graphics
280203 Image Processing
280305 Multimedia Programming


Flexible document network
Chief Researcher: Waywood Dr A
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: RETRIEVAL; STORAGE; ORGANISATION
Research Fields Classification: 280500 Data Formats
280501 Data Structures
280502 Data Storage Representations
280503 Files
280504 Data Encryption
280505 Data Security
280599 Data Format nec

 

School of Information Technology
http://www.it.swin.edu.au/centres/default.htm
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

MultiMediaMate: A multimedia development methodology
Chief Researcher: Ausgusteyn D (MIT)
Supervisor: Leung Dr Y
Current Status: Completed 1998
Research Fields Classification: 280104 Human Computer Interaction
289999 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences nec


Formalised approaches for multimedia design - Are they used by Australian designers?
Chief Researcher: Gunn K (MIT)
Supervisor: Leung Dr Y
Current Status: Completed 1997
Research Fields Classification: 280104 Human-Computer Interaction
289999 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences nec

 

Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/
[ Australian Science at Work Entry ]

Visualisation for astrophysics
Chief Researchers: Bourke Dr P, Howlett M (PhD)
Supervisor: Bailes Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN; VECTOR GRAPHICS; LANGUAGES; ANIMATION; POLYGONS; VOXELS; 3D MODELS
Research Fields Classification: 280104 Computer-Human Interaction
280202 Computer Graphics
280203 Image Processing
280204 Signal Processing
280210 Simulation and Modelling
280211 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
280301 Programming Techniques
280399 Computer Software nec


Swinburne astronomy on-line course
Chief Researchers: Mazzolini Dr M, Bailes Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: SPECIAL EFFECTS SOFTWARE; ANIMATION; 3D MODELS; INTERACTIVE KIOSKS; INTERNET; PRESENTATION
Research Fields Classification: 280104 Computer-Human Interaction
280105 Interfaces and Presentation (excl. Computer-Human Interaction)
280305 Multimedia Programming


Virtual reality and stereographics techniques
Chief Researchers: Bourke Dr P, Bailes Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN; LANGUAGES; SPECIAL EFFECTS SOFTWARE; VECTOR GRAPHICS; ANIMATION; POLYGONS; VOXELS; 3D MODELS; VISUALISATION TECHNIQUES; SPEECH RECOGNITION; POLYMERS; VIDEO STREAMING
Research Fields Classification: 280104 Computer-Human Interaction
280202 Computer Graphics
280203 Image Processing
280204 Signal Processing
280210 Simulation and Modelling
280211 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
280301 Programming Techniques
280399 Computer Software nec


Scientific visualisation
Chief Researchers: Bourke Dr P, Bailes Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN; VECTOR GRAPHICS; LANGUAGES; ANIMATION; POLYGONS; VOXELS; 3D MODELS
Research Fields Classification: 280104 Computer-Human Interaction
280202 Computer Graphics
280203 Image Processing
280204 Signal Processing
280210 Simulation and Modelling
280211 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
280301 Programming Techniques
280399 Computer Software nec


Commercial animation rendering facility
Chief Researchers: Fluke Dr C, Bailes Prof M
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN; SOFTWARE--SCHEDULING; --SPECIAL EFFECTS; 3D MODELS; VISUAL EFFECTS.
Research Field Classification: 280202 Computer Graphics

 


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