"A passion for bringing together expertise in the arts, computing and technology is inspiring the University of Greenwich's new Professor of Digital Creativity.
Gregory Sporton, who joins in January  from Birmingham City University, has spent much of his academic career researching the impact of new technology on the visual and performing arts. He is a former professional dancer and has also researched the history of ballet in Soviet times.
He is excited about introducing a new and original focus on the arts to Greenwich. 'I aim to gather together the expertise we have in so many disciplines, such as creative arts, computing, visualisation and all the rest, and make something new and interesting,' Professor Sporton says.
'The arts and sciences are drawn more closely together by technology: there is less differentiation than people think, and at Greenwich I want to build a research environment to explore that."
(University of Greenwich News, 17 December 2012)
"BIAD's Research Summer School is now in its third year, and has established itself as a popular annual event that introduces researchers to current trends and issues in research.
This year's programme will feature the latest developments in research practice and consider how they apply to research in art and design. It will cover new approaches, such as digital and video research, and issues of current interest around publishing, the Research Excellence Framework, and the impact of art and design research beyond academia–including how research operates in the real world.
There will be plenty of opportunity to debate, both with the speakers and with colleagues and fellow researchers, and the programme will include opportunities for networking."
(Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, 2012 Summer School)
"The Visualisation Research Unit (VRU) was established by the UCE Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in 2004 as an applied research unit to develop the use of digital media in creative practice. The Unit's remit has been to create facilities and produce research outputs in a variety of forms that reflect this new thinking about what and how art could be created through digital media. The emphasis of the Unit's work is on collaboration between creativity and technology, and on putting the technologies we have, and are developing, into creative use. Based in the Department of Art at BIAD, the Unit is a significant capital resource, with comprehensive motion capture facilities, animation capacity, supercomputing for data heavy processors and HD television production facilities."
(Birmingham Institute of Art and Design)
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