Applied Research Day comes to close, Masterpiece VR wins award of excellence


Algonquin College Student Gabrien Boileau assists President Cheryl Jensen with MasterPiece VR

Today, everyone got a sneak peek at some of the projects AC professors and students have been working on—before their innovations hit it big.
Those who attended got to try out the apps, hear about the collaborations and discover the depth of talent found at Algonquin College. A wide range of applied research and innovation projects were showcased at the 25 booths.
“This was a chance for the students to show off what they have been working on,” said Christopher Elliot, who teaches in the School of Media and Design.

The professor oversaw the development of an app called Camelot that helps new medical scribes learn their jobs. A medical scribe specializes in charting physician-patient encounters in real time, such as during medical examinations. The platform also tracks the students’ progress as they train.

 IMG_9481“There’s not really anything else like this in Canada,” said Elliot of the app developed in partnership with Medical Scribes of Canada by students Mannat Luthra, Aboubacar Konde and Vivian Maganas.

While Elliot was excited about all the projects—and about the potential they have to make a difference in the real—he thought the virtual reality booth got the most visitors.

A research project called Masterpiece VR included a live-demo booth in which visitors could create and see something in space—a virtual world using just a glove on their hand and some special goggles. The application, built from software and advanced mathematics, can be used to create stunning 3D art, including sculptures, paintings and even whole scenes. Parnter Brinx Software and students Nicolas Blier, James Hargrove, Gabrien Boileau and Morgan Morell-Frewen were all involved in the project.

“The reactions made it all worth it,” said Blier, graphic design graduate and member of the Masterpiece VR team. “Not only did we get to network and make connections, we got to create experiences.”

Masterpiece VR received The Award of Excellence, which came as no surprise to the fascinated attendees—including President Cheryl Jensen…

Thanks to all that came out and supported Applied Research Day, and congratulations to all the students and faculty that did such a great job showing the College community their work.


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