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METROPOLIS: CROWD CONTROL
METROPOLIS: CROWD CONTROL showcased a novel Trinity College Dublin research project, which aims to answer when does a crowd grab you attention? Can you replicate the unique ways people move and if we can tell the mood of a crowd by combining expertise in computer graphics, engineering and cognitive neuroscience? The Science Gallery became a lab for a week and invited the public to participate in a number of research experiments on crowds and crowd simulations. Speakers included senior crowd simulation experts from Pixar Studios and Rhythm and Hues studios. METROPOLIS experiments included sensing the overall emotion of a crowd, or spotting a person in a crowd, estimating numbers in a crowd, or dealing with traffic.
METROPOLIS was visited by nearly 3,000 people and was curated by Prof Carol O Sullivan, Prof Fiona Newell and Prof Henry Rice of Trinity College Dublin.
What the media said about METROPOLIS:
"You can don 3D glasses and view Front Square as an immersive three-dimensional world, or see how computing graduates have manipulated a model of Trinity on an X-Box to show different special effects such as lighting and atmospheric changes. Visitors can participate in research that will contribute to the overall project" Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, March 27, 2009
"The Gallery wants people to pop in and take part in experiments and help researchers find out more about how we perceive the appearance, motion, behaviour and sounds of virtual crowds. [...] Best of all is What's Gotten into Ewe, in which an animal is trying on the old wolf's trick of wearing sheep's clothing. Think you can tell the difference between the movements of a horse and a cow? It's a lot more difficult that it sounds when they both look like sheep." Ross McDonagh, Metro, 24 March 2009
HERE IS A SHORT VIDEO ABOUT METROPOLIS: