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Contact: Christine Payton April 26, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Open house event being held in coordination with INNOV8 Lafayette
If you ever wanted to walk inside the human body, peer into the Gulf from the side of an oil rig or go behind the scenes of how Pixel Magic’s converted Harry Potter using visual effects all in 3-D animation, you won’t want to miss iOpener at INNOV8.

On Friday, April 27 from noon until 5 p.m., activities are slated to take place at the University Research Park. An informative walking tour, iOpener is centered on the cornerstone facilities in the University Research Park, located on the 143-acre University of Louisiana at Lafayette technology corridor across from the Cajundome.

“Our research park is Lafayette’s best kept secret. Ideas and inspiration flow from these buildings every day, and it is time that all of Lafayette meets the people and projects behind these walls. This will truly be an eye-opening event,” said Dr. Robert Twilley, UL Lafayette’s vice president for research.

Starting at noon, visitors can have lunch from Lafayette’s newest food truck, Oh My Taco! parked outside of LITE.

After, iOpener guests can visit any of the specialized facilities including LITE, a 3-D immersive visualization resource center, and technology incubator featuring high-performance visualization capabilities in world-class facilities.

“All of LITE’s visualization venues will be running demonstration events during the course of iOpener,” says Erin Ryan, director of communications at LITE.

The Total Immersion Space (TIS) is a six-sided virtual reality CAVE where guests can visualize actual medical data in a 3-D, immersive environment. In addition at LITE, the theater will be showing demos of Pixel Magic’s visual effects content from Hollywood films with artists explaining the process to audience participants.

“The idea of the open house is to allow interested guests to flow throughout the venues and demonstrations at their own pace and interact with staff to discover all of the unique applications that are taking shape in our facilities,” said Twilley.

Guests can also see the FLEX collaboration space where training applications using video game engines will be demonstrated. LITE’s newest training game that is a fully interactive offshore drilling platform will also be shown.

In addition, the center’s TRON animation will be displayed. LITE staffers will showcase their short-film animations and walk participants through the process of creating their own animation.

Another iOpener stop will be Abdalla Hall, where more than eight virtual reality demonstrations including the Omni-Directional Treadmill will be on display.

CajunBot, Cajun Crawler and special demonstrations by the Gear Up program will also be available on this tour. Visitors can also tour the Picard Center’s new memorial library dedicated to the late Cecil J. Picard, former superintendent of schools in Louisiana.

The event is free and open to the public. To see the full agenda, visit www.lite3d.com/iopener.


Document last revised Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:17 AM

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