April 29 USC Annenberg Fellows R&D Showcase

January 13, 2004

You don’t have to penetrate a Microsoft bunker in Redmond, Wash. to find out what may be coming after Apple’s iPad, or to learn about the newest trends in 3D graphics, serious games and smartphones.

WHAT: The second annual Annenberg Graduate Fellow Symposium, presenting multimedia research and development from USC’s most talented graduate students in the Viterbi School of Engineering, the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and the School of Cinematic Arts.

Projects include:

* Two-handed wizardry on the tabletop Microsoft Surface: Going beyond the one-digit mouse and one-hand iPad user interfaces –- VIDEO here and herespace for image of SolidSpace glove
* I feel a distance between us: A robotic glove that lets one “feel” a distant object through pressure (pictured at right)
* A 3D landscape in 3 easy steps: A method for recreating urban scenes with vastly improved accuracy using just three aerial photos –- VIDEO here
* It’s the reception, stupid: Reducing battery-hungry GPS consumption by half in smartphones with a few clever tricks
* Can direct action games for non-profits be ethically pure? A conversation with the co-founder of the Games for Change movement
* A full list of projects is available here.

The USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Program funds some of the most highly recruited students in the world for at least one year with full tuition plus a $20,000-$30,000 annual stipend for graduate study in the Annenberg School, the School of Cinematic Arts, or the Viterbi School.

Microsoft and FOX Corporation provided additional support for the Microsoft Surface and robotic glove projects, respectively.

WHO: About four dozen USC Annenberg Graduate Fellows.

WHEN: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. Refreshments served at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Town & Gown at USC’s University Park Campus

PARKING: Enter Gate 2, on Exposition Blvd. just west of Figueroa. Parking free for media with valid credentials.

MORE: The USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Program funds over 100 world-class students in the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. USC Annenberg Fellows conduct cutting-edge communication and digital media research,
advance important new programs in the communication arena, and constitute an internationally recognized and highly regarded group of communication research scholars and creative practitioners. Fellows are selected from a large applicant pool representing some of the most highly recruited students
in the world, and students become Fellows only after rigorous review and special nomination by the program to which they are applying. The Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Program is administered by the Graduate School, and funding for the program is made possible by the Annenberg Center Endowment.

Contact: Carl Marziali at (213) 740-4751 or marziali@usc.edu