Federal grant allows for University of Maryland to plan VR/AR center

The University of Maryland College park received a $50,000 federal grant that will allow the university to begin development of the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC).

The award comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Authority’s i6 challenge competition, where 42 organizations from 28 states received over $17 million to iterate proof-of-concept and commercialization programs.

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According to a post from Technical.ly, the purpose of the innovation center is to to “aggregate and accelerate” research and training in those areas throughout the region. The center will focus efforts on media, simulation and training, and arts and entertainments.

UMD Associate Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development and principal investigator for MAVRIC  Julie Lenzer says the center is “is well-positioned to emerge as the East Coast hub of immersive media, and we will power that drive with a community-based, collaborative approach to commercializing these technologies.”

The University of Maryland already has an Augmentarium and Virtual Reality Cave, both of which are facilities that have been utilized for research and education. There are additional plans to construct a new computer science and technology center as well.