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SCU Imaginarium

The Intersection of Tech, Arts, and Humanities

The Imaginarium XR Lab within the College of Arts and Science is a collaborative research and teaching space dedicated to exploring extended reality (VR, AR, MR), spatial computing, digital art, and interactive media. We celebrate the transformative capabilities of mixed reality technologies, enabling intuitive data visualization, pushing the boundaries of digital art, and leveraging game design for education and storytelling. Students in the lab not only design and execute their own research projects but also craft extended abstracts showcasing their findings for presentation at prestigious conferences.

The Imaginarium has been made possible since its inception thanks to generous gifts from Andrew and Susan Wright of the Wright Foundation. The Wright Foundation is committed to growing Santa Clara University’s Imaginarium Lab into the nation’s leading education center for human-centered approaches to AI and XR. By contributing to the Wright Foundation’s Imaginarium Pathway fund, you are enabling the development of an innovative spatial computing curriculum within the College of Arts and Science to prepare social sciences and humanities students to meet the rapidly changing nature of Silicon Valley. Leveraging the existing support and infrastructure in the Imaginarium, 22 students from the Imaginarium were recently accepted as authors and co-authors across 8 submissions to an academic conference in Gold Coast, Australia. With your support, we can continue our research, teaching, and learning of the social implications of emerging technologies.

“Being a member of the Imaginarium lab has allowed me to apply my Communications degree into academic research where I have hands-on STEAM experience with innovative technologies like the Apple Vision Pro to explore topics in human computer interaction that emphasizes social responsibility, collaboration, and engagement. Joining the Imaginarium has helped me become proficient in project management, understand complex technologies, and skilled in academia research, including research design, participant engagement, data analysis, and academic writing.

The Day of Giving will help fund my upcoming research opportunity in Australia, where I am presenting my abstracts at the 74th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association! On behalf of everyone in the Imaginarium family, thank you for supporting us in our career development and research pursuits!”

– Katelyn Wong, UX Researcher and Project Manager, '24

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