The iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, established in 2002, is a multi-faculty centre spanning the Faculties of Art & Design, Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering and Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and NIDA. It forms part of the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA). Its principal focus is multidisciplinary arts, engineering and science research into immersive interactivity. To undertake this multidisciplinary research the Centre brings together seven key research centres and groups across these faculties. These are: Centre for Modernism Studies, Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation, Mining Engineering Innovative Learning Group, Autonomous Systems and Knowledge Representation Group, Centre for Climate Change Research, and Australian Centre for Astrobiology.
The iCinema research program focuses on research into interactive media for benchmark applications across the arts, broadcast, construction, environment, heritage, museum and visualisation sectors. In particular, it is focused on the way next generation technologies can be used to imagine new ways of living, learning, researching and working.
The Centre has four principal research programs: