Interactive Media

Join the Data Revolution: VizUM Symposium

Large sets of raw data can be overwhelming and difficult to understand without the aid of charts, graphs, and other forms of data visualization. Diverse industries have taken note and are increasingly interested in discovering the stories that can be found within datasets and communicating those findings to their audiences.  At the fifth annual VizUM Symposium at the University of Miami, all things data will be celebrated. The symposium begins with talks from two remarkable thought leaders in the data visualization field, Bongshin Lee, senior researcher at Microsoft Research, and Hadley [...]

Undergraduate Interactive Media Major Now Available at the SoC

A new undergraduate major is now available at the University of Miami School of Communication. In fall of 2018, the SoC began offering the Interactive Media major, equipping students with design skills and a technological fluency that allows them to explore the expressive possibilities offered by emerging forms of communication. The interdisciplinary major, developed by Kim Grinfeder, associate professor, originates from the thriving Interactive Media M.F.A program, which has groomed graduate students for careers in the academia, not-for-profits, government or at corporations like Sapient, Univision, Disney, Visa amongst others. Grinfeder [...]

Grace Returns as Knight Chair in Interactive Media

When students think of studying journalism, the furthest thing from their minds is creating video games. Lindsay D. Grace is changing that at the University of Miami School of Communication through his groundbreaking work on news games, an innovative medium for journalists to engage readers and motivate them to become active in addressing the issues facing their community. Grace, an award-winning game designer, is returning this semester to UM as the Knight Chair of Interactive Media and will continue his work on rapid game development. He began his Visiting Knight [...]

The World Cup – Graphically Displayed

A School of Communication associate professor played an important hand—an artistic one!—in World Cup action, coordinating a team of designers to graphically tell the story of the world’s biggest fútbol tournament. Over the past month, millions of fans around the world have followed the bouncing ball trajectory of their national teams. In tiny towns such as Chitré in Panama and Selfoss in Iceland—two countries that reached the competition for the first time—aficionados and aødáendurs have gasped and groaned as their teams stumbled on the Russian soccer turf. UM Associate Professor Alberto Cairo, who [...]

Interdisciplinary Team Receives Provost Research Award

The Provost’s Research Awards supports individual or collective research projects that contribute significantly to the growth of the university’s research portfolio. This year, a relatively small research team composed of Barbara Millet, Juan Chattah, and Soyeon Ahn, received the award to pursue an ambitious research project. The team’s project, The Congruence-Association Model in Musical Multimedia: New Insights from Eye-Tracking and Facial Expression Capture, explores the effect music has on multimedia experiences. The grant allows the team to embark in studying a topic that, although discussed at length from speculative perspectives, [...]

Interactive Media End-of-Year Showcase

Come play with us! The Interactive Media End of Year Show is May 3 at 5 p.m. in the University of Miami School of Communication Koenigsberg and Nadal Interactive Media Center. The annual showcase features work by students in the Interactive Media program ranging from games, physical computing, and web, to augmented and virtual reality projects. This event is open to the public.

Nine UM SoC Faculty Awarded a Creative Activity and Research Grant

Nine University of Miami School of Communication faculty were awarded a School of Communication Creative Activity and Research Grant from the Center for Communication, Culture, and Change for the 2018-2019 academic year. The grant supports research and projects that will result in clear and prominent scholarly and/or creative accomplishments that enhance the reputation of the School of Communication. Below is a brief summary of the grant recipients and their projects. Ching-Hua Chuan, research associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, received a grant for Creating Chatbots for Domain-Specific [...]

Craig Robins: The Interplay of Architecture, Design and Branding

Craig Robins, president and CEO of Dacra, is sharing his expertise with the University of Miami School of Communication, April 11 at 4 p.m. in CIB3053, Shoma Hall. This event will be moderated by award-winning journalist, Rula Jebreal, visiting professor in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. Robins is a developer, designer, philanthropist, and artist. Early in his career, Robins launched the economic revitalization of South Beach’s Art Deco District through meticulous renovation. This success prompted Robins to develop a uniquely vibrant community – the Miami Design District.  [...]

New Technologies Add Interactive Element to Physical Computing

As of the spring 2018 semester, Cinema and Interactive Media students at the School of Communication can create tangible mockups through the school’s recent purchase of a vinyl cutter, 3D printer, and computer numeric control machine (CNC). These resources are most notably used in Physical Computing, a class for undergraduate and graduate students taught by Zevensuy Rodriguez, lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media. The class is two-fold: learning to create the hardware required to make a physical interaction function and then the use of machines to turn [...]

Make Valuable Connections at Fourth Annual Communication Meet-Up

Internship and job-hunting season has arrived. On March 28, University of Miami School of Communication’s Fourth Annual Communication Meet-Up will enable students and alumni to connect with professionals from a variety of communication fields. Attendees can look forward to networking with more than 50 company representatives looking to hire in areas including multimedia, design, communication, public relations, journalism, broadcasting, and advertising. Participants should dress professionally and bring copies of their résumés. Before the Communication Meet-Up, Oath Inc. is holding an info session from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Wolfson room 3040, where [...]