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RPI center looks to bring together virtual, real worlds

Ben Chang, an associate professor in the Department of the Arts and co-director of the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, explains the use of immersive visualization systems at the opening of the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Tuesday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Ben Chang, an associate professor in the Department of the Arts and co-director of the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, explains the use of immersive visualization systems at the opening of the Center for Cognition, Communication, and Culture in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center on Tuesday morning.
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Cogito looked at the reflection in the mirror and quickly identified it as his own. But he also noticed a giant red dot located prominently on his forehead. The dot seemed to unsettle him enough that he seemed determined to wipe it from his visage. “I do not want this blotch,” he said with an intonation that sounded distinctly artificial. “I intend to remove this blotch.” Then with one fluid motion, the avatar representing Cogito ...


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