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Immersive Vision Theatres and Strategies for Knowledge Transfer

A seminar organized by Michael Punt, University of Plymouth (13 December 2007)

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This workshop considered content design for immersive vision theatres. These are typically planetariums refurbished and modified to accept ±180 degree digital projection. Facilities such as these are increasing in the UK in the HE and the museum sector, and with the advent of portable inflatable domes, there is a growing interest in primary and secondary sectors.

This event aimed to identify:

  • the key topics, approaches and discourses that need to be co-ordinated to develop reliable practices and methods of evaluation in designing immersive audio-visual experiences in an educational and research context;
  • existing strategies for the effective use of immersive A/V environments for the transfer of knowledge;
  • new areas of research that will contribute toward a deeper understanding of the experience for the participant.

The workshop drew together immersive theatre designers, technical support teams, content providers, software engineers, evaluators and educationalists to pool research and discipline specific approaches. One outcome of the day will be a preliminary bibliography relevant to the specifics of the audiovisual immersion and a viable network for future research collaboration.

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  • Archaeology
  • Art and Design
  • Ancient History


  • Data Capture - Usage of existing digital data
  • Data publishing and dissemination - Graphical resource sharing
  • Practice-led Research - 3d animation
  • Data Structuring and enhancement - Virtual world modelling