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M-ITI Wins International Competition

M-ITI Wins International Competition

Volcano Salvation A team of students of the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) has won first place at an international competition that took place as part of the 2014 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014). At the conference, the students have presented an interactive game, called Volcano Salvation, which they have developed between September and December 2013 in their game design course.

After submitting the game to the CHI 2014 student game competition, the Portuguese team was one of the three teams selected to present their work at the conference, which took place in Toronto, Canada, between April and May 1, 2014.

Volcano Salvation is an innovative computer game that combines two input modalities: hand gestures to lift, move, and manipulate objects, and head tracking to change perspective within the game world. The two input devices are a webcam and a Leap Motion controller. Volcano Salvation is an immersive strategy game that contributes to the field of game design by offering players novel challenges that require coordinating complex head and hand orientations, which it achieves through the game’s unique use of these two touchless input devices.

The team is composed of Sheila Christian, Júlio Alves, André Ferreira and Rúben Freitas, all from the M-ITI, and Dinarte Jesus and Nelson Vieira, from the Universidade da Madeira.

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira-ITI) is a not-for-profit innovation institute founded by the Universidade da Madeira, Madeira Tecnopolo, and Carnegie Mellon University.

June 2014