RMIT and Microsoft develop course in world-first collaboration

RMIT and Microsoft develop course in world-first collaboration

RMIT has teamed up with Microsoft to deliver a ground-breaking new Games and Graphics Programming course for the next generation of mixed reality software developers and designers.

RMIT researchers experiencing mixed reality using Microsoft’s HoloLens device.

RMIT students will gain unique access to leading technology and software within the mixed reality industry and across Microsoft platforms.

At the helm of the new course is Associate Professor in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mixed Reality and Related Simulation, Dr Fabio Zambetta.

“We will be exploring both the theoretical and practical aspects of mixed reality, leveraging our strong connections with industry, our partnership with tech giant Microsoft, and leading game middleware company Unity Technologies,” Zambetta said.

The hands-on course provides students with access to high-end game studio labs, where they will be able to apply Unity and Microsoft DirectX experiences to real-world technologies such as the Microsoft HoloLens and the Windows mixed reality suite of products. 

Dr Fabio Zambetta will be leading the new mixed reality course.

Design Lead and Envisioneer at the Microsoft Garage, Mike Pell, who will be working closely with RMIT in delivering course content, commended the University’s cutting-edge approach to mixed reality education.

“RMIT is demonstrating true educational leadership by integrating the design aspects of mixed reality within a traditionally heavy programming curriculum,” Pell said.

“This is great vision by Fabio and RMIT to push for this critically needed skillset in the future.”

Zambetta said exposure to technology and industry allows RMIT’s students to be leaders in the mixed reality space and the workforce of the future.

“Students will be working on inspiring real-world projects, building their entrepreneurial mindset and making valuable connections with industry,” he said.

The course, which starts in July, will be based out of RMIT Activator – the University’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub.

The mixed reality course will be a core unit for Bachelor of Information Technology (Games and Graphics Programming), with Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Design (Games)students also eligible to participate.

RMIT and Microsoft are also working together, along with Cortana Research, to further develop Microsoft’s AI-driven digital assistant, Cortana.


Story: Maddy Pattison

29 March 2018


29 March 2018


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