The Guildhall at SMU Selected to Join Intel Elite University Research Group

DALLAS, TX – February 7, 2012 – The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University has been made a member of Intel’s Science and Technology Centers for Visual Computing (ISTC-VC) and will receive $50 thousand in research scholarship funding. SMU students will conduct studies to expand upon applied research done by other members of the ISTC-VC.

The ISTC-VC was created by Intel to encourage collaboration between elite science and engineering universities and Intel researchers in advancing the science of visual computing.

“We are thrilled to be a part of Intel’s Science and Technology Center for Visual Computing,” 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.”

To encourage the development of new visual computing applications and supporting technology, Intel makes the findings and software prototypes developed by the Center widely available to the research community. Key goals of the program are making on-going improvements in scalable real-time simulation; perceiving people and places; content development; and graphics and systems.

“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 that form the ISTC-VC,” continued Dr. Raad.  “We hope to be announcing winners of this year’s research scholarships and their projects soon.”

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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