February 20, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) – The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University has received a $50,000 grant from Intel Corporation’s Visual Computing Academic Program for research scholarship funding. SMU students will conduct studies to expand upon applied research pursued within the Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Computing (ISTC-VC) and other Intel supported visual computing academic research.
“We are thrilled to be a part of Intel’s Visual Computing Academic Program and working with the ISTC-VC,” said Dr. Peter Raad, founder and executive director of The Guildhall at SMU. “Our master’s students are creating new worlds through interactive video game development here at SMU. This funding will help us collaborate with Intel and other universities to reach new levels of realism and expand the practical uses for visual computing.”
Intel’s Visual Computing Academic Program was established to accelerate the development of tools and techniques for interactive rendering on highly parallel architectures. The program encourages collaboration between Intel product development teams and elite academic research programs.
“We are excited about the opportunity to work more closely with The Guildhall going forward,” said Intel’s Randi Rost, the manager of the Visual Computing Academic Program. “Through this relationship, we will be able to harden, optimize, and polish visual computing research results and incorporate them in game environments. This will provide value to students at the Guildhall, to our visual computing research collaborators, to Intel product development and enabling teams, and ultimately to consumers who use Intel platforms.”
“Having our faculty and students recognized by Intel as key contributors to the future of visual computing is very gratifying. It will also allow us to collaborate with other great minds at Intel and other universities,” continued Dr. Raad. “We hope to be announcing winners of this year’s research scholarships and their projects soon.”
About The Guildhall at SMU
The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University is the premier graduate video game education program in the US. Many of the school’s founders are industry icons, and classes are taught by industry veterans. Since 2005, the program has graduated more than 400 students, and alumni are working at more than 140 video game studios around the world. SMU offers a Master’s degree in Interactive Technology and a graduate Professional Certificate.
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