From ancient Chinese fairy tales to a jailbreak set in the galaxy far, far away, students in Digital Media presented a variety of projects in virtual reality, interactive media, and more at the 2018 GVU Center & Digital Media Research Showcase. Click on the "Read More" button below to see videos and photos, read more about the projects and meet their creators.
The Career Research Innovation Development Conference (CRIDC), held each spring by the Georgia Tech Student Government Association, features a paper conference for graduate students in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Papers submitted to this competition highlight the diverse array of individual research conducted by master's and doctoral students.
Read more about the Conference, the upcoming schedule, participants, projects, profiles, and essays
The collaboration between Digital Media master’s student Nick Tippens and History, Technology, and Society major Ali Yildirim culminated in the feature-length documentary Came from Nothing: The Story of Benjamin ‘Big Mouth Ben’ Graham. The documentary chronicles Sweet Auburn resident Benjamin ‘Big Mouth Ben’ Graham’s journey from addiction and homelessness, to a career as an entertainer and small business owner.
Sound Happening allows people to create music by playing with colorful bouncy balls. Using an overhead webcam and the Max/MSP programming environment, Sound Happening tracks the location of each person's ball in order to manipulate and trigger various musical samples and synthesizers. The results are intriguing sound combinations that constantly change as participants play ball within the defined space. The project was a winner at the 2017 Clough Art Crawl at Georgia Tech. The Sound Happening design team began work on the installation during the Spring 2016 semester in Brian Magerko’s Adaptive Digital Media (ADAM) Lab Project Studio course, and has continued developing it as part of Magerko's Spring 2017 Tech Arts Practicum course.
The Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech, in partnership with our School of Public Policy's program in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) hosted a presentation event for three Ivan Allen College students who took part in research internships at EI2 during the summer of 2016. Among the Atlanta leaders in economic development and policy-makers who attended were three who had served as judges for the internship applications judges: Glen Whitley, Director of the Centers of Innovation for Information Technology, Georgia Department of Economic Development; Stan Vangilder, Program Manager, Southern Company Energy Innovation Center; and Carrie Barnes, Community Development Consultant, Georgia Electric Membership Cooperatives. Following are summaries from the students' research:
Saudnya Patil recently graduated from Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College with an M.S. degree in economics. The aim of her project was to provide a data-centered model to address economic development concerns, real or perceived, about Metro Atlanta’s water issues. She amassed multi-year data on population, weather, and water usage and built an econometric model to forecast water demand in the region. The model formed the basis for providing an improved understanding of how sensitive the Metro Atlanta basin’s future water needs might be to extremes in growth and weather conditions.
Dorraine Duncan is a master's student at Georgia Tech, pursuing a dual degree in Public Policy and City and Regional Planning. She assembled a database of renewable energy co-ops around the world, cataloged their characteristics and completed a meta-analysis directed at understanding their potential for economic development. Unlike traditional electricity cooperatives common in rural Georgia, her research was limited to community-led initiatives focused solely on the provision of renewable energy.
Renee Shelby is a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech in the Ivan Allen College School of History and Sociology. Her project centered on case studies of four distinct models of peer-to-peer transit that have direct implications for developing and leveraging rural-specific transit apps for economic development. These case studies were drawn from her dataset of the individual app functionality and characteristics of U.S. active and failed peer-to-peer transit apps. She created this dataset from reviews of technology and trade journals, interviews with founders and stakeholders of ride hailing apps, and appraisals of app user activity.