Thursday, 24 March 2011
Centre for Digital Entertainment conference
Last week I was at the University of Bath for the first Centre for Digital Entertainment conference. The CDE’s purpose is to train the next generation of leaders in the visual effects, computer games, virtual worlds and animation industries. Funded by EPSRC (as a collaboration between Bournemouth University and the University of Bath) it offers a unique doctoral program that places researchers directly in companies to work on real projects while studying for an Engineering or Professional Doctorate.
The conference's purpose (which was incidentally the first one) was to bring together academic (I am on the supervisory team for one of the students) and industrial supervisors alongside all the current students on the scheme for a range of presentations and networking opportunities.
I also presented for one of the sessions (my presentation was titled "My experience of doing a PhD in close collaboration with industry" and based on my experiences of studying under an EPSRC scheme) and with this set to be an annual or bi-annual gathering it looks like there is great scope in turning this into a very useful event.
For more information on the CDE, current opportunities and a description of the work of the students already on the scheme please visit http://www.digital-entertainment.org/index.html.