Engineering Department involved in Virtual Vauxhall Gardens project

Virtual Vauxhall Gardens project, funded by the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies via Tiger Team and co-funded by the Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Fund (KEEF), aims to re-create the experience of the most significant pleasure gardens of Georgian London using multi-sensory virtual reality environment. The project has been heavily supported by the members of the Department of Engineering.
Engineering Department involved in Virtual Vauxhall Gardens project

Left: architectural model of the Vauxhall Gardens Rotunda, right: custom-built VR olfactory display.

Directed by Professor Andrew Hugill, the Virtual Vauxhall Gardens project brings together a wide industrial and academic expertise towards the realisation of a multi-sensory virtual reality (VR) environment of the historic pleasure gardens. This includes MBD Ltd. and experts working in heritage sector - David Coke and Lars Tharp, and University of Leicester partners - Biomechanics & Immersive Technology Laboratory, the Centre for Urban History, the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies and the Attenborough Arts Centre. The involved academics represent the Department of Business, Engineering, English, History, Informatics, Museum Studies and Psychology.

The Department of Engineering is represented by Dr Mateusz Bocian and Mr Artur Soczawa-Stronczyk, responsible for the architectural model of the Vauxhall Gardens Rotunda, and Dr Tim Pearce and Dr Avinash Bhangaonkar, responsible for a novel hardware programmably delivering olfactory stimuli under VR control. More information on our engagement is available here:

More information on our expertise is available from Dr Mateusz Bocian (Biomechanics & Immersive Technology Laboratory) & Dr Tim Pearce (VR olfactory display).

The official launch of the project is planned on Saturday, 20th of July, from 10am to 5pm in the Attenborough Arts Centre. You are invited to join us to celebrate the occasion.

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