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University of Canterbury to receive $7.5m in new funding to research Immersive Technology

University of Canterbury to receive $7.5m in new funding to research Immersive Technology

Receiving $3.2m from the Entrepreneurial Universities Fund, as well as the university’s own $4.5m investment over four years, The University of Canterbury will accelerate research into computing, with a focus on immersive​ gaming.

Human Interface Technology Lab NZ director Professor Rob Lindeman spoke about the investment, “By supporting technical innovation research through this project, we can help address the skills shortage in New Zealand’s growing and lucrative gaming industry,”

The ever-growing interactive entertainment sector has been the subject of study countless times, with many undiscovered mechanisms that might help create better training or medical systems and conditions.

The investment is a win for New Zealanders, as multiple academics from overseas will join Canterbury in a research capacity, working alongside Post Graduate students. But also teach at Canterbury’s new School of Product Design.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins added, “The role this innovative immersive technology has in health and safety, particularly with rehabilitation, has the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s wellbeing,”

You can learn more about the newly announced funding here.

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