Please join us for the second talk in the MAGIC Speaker Series, entitled Player-Authors: Video Games, User-Generated Content and Copyright ...
Written on Dec. 6, 2013
Message from the DirectorWelcome to MAGIC @ RIT! MAGIC is a new and unique initiative at RIT, and I’m very excited about the work that both I and everyone...See More
Just Press PlayWe intend to build a pervasive game system that engages our students more fully (or, as McGonigal might put it, gamefully) in activities...See More
FOSS @ MAGICAn initiative that grew out of the Department of Interactive Games and Media's course in educational game development for the OLPC.See More
Written on Nov. 19, 2013
MAGIC has a feature article in the University Research Magazine for the fall 2013 issue! The article features numerous photos of the new space, Director Phelps, our projects, and most importantly our students. It also features discussion of our recent event hosting the New York State Senate and the Honorable Martin Golden, and the kickoff of our speaker series. We're very thankful to all the support from our friends in Sponsored Research Services, and to all the writers and producers that helped with the piece. Thanks!
Written on Nov. 5, 2013
We've all done it, and we know it is (sometimes) wrong, as our faces are glued to our mobile screens while friends and family chatter in the background. RIT Associate Professor of Philosophy and MAGIC's Head of Research Communications, Community and Ethics Evan Selinger writes this month in The Atlantic on "How Not to Be A Jerk With Your Stupid Cellphone." And really, what could be more timely? Check out the article for an in-depth review of the pressures, forces, and behaviors that shape our acts, and ways in which we frame our use of these portable communication ...
Written on Nov. 4, 2013
MAGIC Associate Director and IGM Professor Stephen Jacobs writes this month for WIRED UK Edition on the subject of EEG Neurogaming. His article, "Hands-Free Neurogaming" is published under the tag "EEG-Neurogaming will provide an intimate interface between humans and machines" and features discussion and review of several products and solutions that are both available today and that are emerging in the coming year. The issue is available both on iTunes as well as online at Zinio. Check it out!
will lead higher education in the exploration, experimentation, design, development, and deployment of interactive, experimental, expressive and social media.
The MAGIC Center at RIT is a conscious and deliberate effort to blur the lines between the arts and the sciences, between technology and expression, between the study of the creation of media and its impact and effect on society and the human condition. It is intended as a university wide, multi- and cross-disciplinary center in which faculty, staff, and student researchers, artists, and practitioners come together to create, contextualize, and apply new knowledge in a multitude of related fields and disciplines as appropriate not only to STEM, or the Arts & Humanities, but their intersection.
The MAGIC Center is designed to bridge the gap between research and prototyping, and the ability to bring industry polish and commercial scale and support to myriad projects. This allows these works to have wider and greater impact. For this reason, MAGIC is composed of both a research laboratory (in which many other labs and working groups are housed or affiliated), and a production studio (which leverages our discoveries in ways that more broadly disseminate our work to peers and to the public at large).
A new kind of University Research Center
Engage faculty via traditional models of contribution:
plans of work, funded release, Summer contracts, stipends, sabbaticals, etc.
Engage students via traditional methods of contribution:
hourly positions, work-study, tuition waiver, research stipend, scholarship, etc.
Utilize traditional curricular, experiential & scholarly structures:
projects, independent study, thesis, capstone, collaborative courses, shared-credit models, etc.
Support from federal, state, corporate, foundation, private donor & alumni partners:
standardized rates and overhead, non-profit status to accept charitable gifts and donations, university network of development and alumni relations, sponsored research, government relations, etc.
Partner with other RIT centers, laboratories, institutes, colleges, departments & stakeholders:
Examples include the RIT Simone Center for Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship, RIT Innovative Learning Institute, the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, the School of Interactive Games & Media, the College of Liberal Arts Digital Humanities Initiative, and many others...
Utilize traditional university research & development support:
Human Subjects Research and IRB, Sponsored Research, Research Computing, Information Technology Services, Student Employment Office, Sponsored Projects Accounting, University Legal, etc.
By holding one half of the center directly in the university, MAGIC benefits from the campus and its plethora of resources to support our work.
Engage faculty, staff & students via non-traditional models of contribution:
Ability to hire as consultant, contractor, and/or professional staff, through customized IP negotiation, with profit/title sharing, etc. as commonly practiced in the commercial industry.
Private Agreements & Studio Sub-contracts
Ability to negotiable based on market forces and demand, with a better ability to deal with 3rd party licensed content under contract, and with other commercial entities as needed...
Spawn Additional Companies and Business Ventures
Ability to partner with the RIT Simone Center for Entrepreneurship and Venture Creations to spawn additional, derivative, or spin-off companies at both the student and organizational level based on research, development, and initial product offering or uptake.
Recruit Professional Experts
Ability to recruit outside the university for needed expertise (both locally and internationally), and engage through both academic and non-academic consulting relationships.
Small Business Funding
Ability to engage as a for-profit entity eligible for SBIR and similar style programs, to court and utilize venture funding or outside investment as appropriate...
Experiential Student Learning Outcomes
In addition to the incredible value of co-op and experiential learning that happens on and off campus the world over (and is the hallmark of an RIT education), MAGIC Spell Studios provides a new and unique learning opportunity for our students. Many of our students come to campus today with ideas for products, services, or entire companies already formed. Often there are classes or directed research initiatives that produce such ideas during their educational experiences, often working with other students, faculty, and staff.
While we have many successful alumni that have formed their own studios (something we very strongly support), others have struggled in the midst of the process of taking ideas and concepts from the classroom to the online store or digital download. MAGIC Spell Studios represents a functional methodology for ideas from anywhere in the RIT community to become realized: it bridges the gap between concept and product in a way that lets students, faculty and staff continue working with each other but in a different context. It creates a pipeline to extend our ability to bring products to the public, and to engage and mentor students throughout that process.