ExCITe Center Opening
Wednesday, November 28th, 3:30-6pm
UC Science Center, 3401 Market St
Drexel University is opening a cross-discipline research/tech incubator center. The Expressive and Creative Interaction Technology — or ExCITe — Center is being created in 11,000 square-feet of converted industrial office space on the first floor of the University City Science Center building at 3401 Market.
The ExCITe Center will bring together translational research being conducted at Drexel’s colleges of Engineering, Arts & Science, Media Arts & Design and Information Science Technology in the same space. Music technology, humanoid robots, app development, video games, and digital knitting machines will converge with many other technologies in one creative space. The center will also serve as an incubator for local innovation partnerships.
“The opening of the ExCITe Center reflects Drexel’s commitment to re-imagine the urban research university for the 21st Century,” said Drexel President John A. Fry, in a statement. “We seek to foster creativity, innovation, collaboration and a commitment to community. The ExCITe Center will be a place that brings all of those core values together to create real economic opportunities for our city and region as well as a significant impact in society.”
Research in the ExCITe Center will include all aspects of expression and interaction, from performing arts technology to civic and city-scale computing. It will also, build on Drexel’s existing collaborations with arts and cultural institutions, regional development organizations and government.
“The ExCITe Center brings together not only technologists and researchers, but also designers, artists and musicians, city and transportation planners and civic innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Dr. Youngmoo Kim, the director of the ExCITe Center. “It’s a place for creative and passionate people who want to work together to transform Philadelphia through innovation and the digital creative economy.”
Three projects picked for seed funding from ExCITe were announced earlier this year, including one in which the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy is a collaborator, Sonic City.
They are: “Virtual Opera” led by the Opera Company of Philadelphia with the Curtis Institute of Music; “Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Gaming” led by Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design with the School of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Nursing and Health Professions; and “Sonic City” led by Neighborhood Narratives Project with Breadboard, Azavea, Drexel University Goodwin School of Education, College of Engineering, and the mCenter in the College of Arts and Sciences.
A truly multidisciplinary effort, Sonic City is a city-scale art and engineering project designed to engage the bus system as a creative interface for people to interactively engage the sounds of the city. Diverse neighborhoods of Philadelphia are connected through a sonic interface made up of real-time and recorded sound that will be experienced in bus shelter “installations” modified by the movement of the bus system. Real-time recordings of the city gathered through geo-spatial sensor-networks, along with seeded music and spoken words will be mixed with sounds contributed by the public via smartphones and the internet. The project will create geographically distinct aural immersion into a “musical” sound collage that reveals an innovative sonic and spatial patterning of the city.
For more info please contact email@example.com, and for some ideas on “mobile mediality” as a sonic experience visit this mCenter blog.