Students from RMIT could soon be gaining insight from one of the world’s largest software developers thanks to a link-up between RMIT researchers and Microsoft.
Just back from a three-day intensive workshop at Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Academy in the US, Dr Fabio Zambetta, Games and Graphics program coordinator, was inspired by the trip and what he learned while away.
It’s another example of the RMIT’s commitment to industry-connected and research-driven teaching.
Zambetta said the door was now open to formalising an educational relationship with Microsoft, with the company likely to officially endorse the Mixed Reality course from next year and to also undertake an internship program for elite, senior students. This would be a first for Australia.
"The trip was absolutely amazing. What they are doing there, and its potential for gaming in particular is fantastic," Zambetta said. "The worlds of virtual reality and artificial intelligence are merging. It’s no longer about one or the other, but what they can do when combined into a mixed reality.
"You can create virtual worlds and build with existing environments. There is also a team looking at predictive technology, working off cues using eye-tracking. The potential is enormous.
"This connection with Microsoft informs our thinking at RMIT and helps in both our research and course development."
Among just 15 invited guests, Zambetta also saw products and software in development while at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond.
"We learned so much and it was great meeting face to face with the engineers and hearing their views from the leading edge of this technology," Zambetta said.
Microsoft developers are behind the Xbox and some of the world’s top games, including the Halo series, Minecraft and Age of Empires.
Story: Jane Kenrick