Immersive gaming tools available in new analytics lab
Cutting-edge immersive gaming technology is now available to academics in a new analystics lab developed with ACER and supported by Intel.
The UTS x Acer Predator Analytics Lab located at UTS Central will be accessible to academics in the Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) and other relevant disciplines. It provides access to technologies that can power research and development linked to virtual and augmented reality (VR, AR), high-performance computing, data analytics and visualisation, and storytelling.
The Lab is a collaborative workspace equipped with high-performance devices from Acer’s leading Predator Gaming brand. With processing power way beyond standard IT equipment solutions, these devices can enable a range of computationally intensive tasks suitable for academics who are experimenting with new ways of researching and enhncing student learning behaviour. Darren Simmons, Managing Director, Oceania, Acer, welcomes the opportunity to invest in a research lab that will provide a new set of tools for FEIT academics and their research associates,
Acer’s Predator brand continues to push the boundaries of product innovation and being an OEM manufacturer ourselves we understand the opportunities that the processing power of gaming technology can deliver to other areas. There is a clear opportunity to take advantage of these capabilities and put it in the hands of academics, through an innovative and engaging research space.
Distinguished Professor Fang Chen, Executive Director of Data Science UTS, said this new lab extends UTS at the forefront of innovation in areas such as advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, and in many sectors such as education, transport and water technologies.
By giving bright minds access to Acer’s powerful, high-tech hardware, the newly established lab will help to further develop this expertise and achieve data science breakthroughs that have significant social, industry and economic impact.
Building on the success of the UTS x Acer Learner Attention Analytics Pilot Program
A further collboration betweeen ACER and UTS is the UTS x Acer Learner Attention Analytics Pilot Program – an industry first-of-its-kind program launched in April 2019 led by Professor Chen, and supported by Acer and Intel. The program harnesses cutting-edge artificial intelligence and monitors students’ eye gaze, mouse, keyboard and digital pen movements to understand personalised learning behaviours based on how students interact with their digital learning systems. Its aim is to drive improved student engagement, learning efficiency, lifelong learning and positive learning environments.
100+ students from UTS and John Paul College have participated in the first round trial of this program. Profressor chen says it is providing fresh insights into students' online learning, providing innovative ways to assess student learning progress, and enabling multi-level learning outcome comparisons in real-time.
The progress of the pilot program to date has proved the concept and effectiveness of using digital technologies to understand student engagement patterns in real-time. This provides many possibilities to create innovative solutions for educators, students and broad communities for effective online lifelong learning,