What is MAGICS?

Ever wondered what all you could do in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality? How to measure and observe how people respond and interact in virtual and naturalistic contexts? Is it possible to meet virtually, to see, hear, touch and smell, as if the other people were in the same space with you?

Our mission is the help you make your dreams come true! Currently, we are acquiring cutting-edge audiovisual and measurement equipment and facilities for the virtualization of humans and their surroundings and remote presence. Our services become available via this website during 2021.

A peek into the future, we are organizing a two-hour MAGICS kick-off event on 6 Oct, 2021. We will publish more detailed information on the program closer to the event.

MAGICS is a joint effort of Aalto University, Tampere University and the University of the Arts Helsinki. It is a network of distributed physical and virtual infrastructures that enables:

  • Measuring, analyzing and digitizing human behavior and experiences in naturalistic conditions (Aalto University)
  • Constructing and utilizing highly naturalistic virtual realities and remote presence (Tampere University)
  • Applying virtual and remote-presence technologies for creating digitally augmented practices for art, artistic research and research into arts education (University of the Arts)

In Aalto University, MAGICS node is built on two infrastructures: Aalto Studios and Aalto Behavioral Laboratory at Aalto NeuroImaging . In Tampere University, MAGICS node is hosted by CIVIT (Centre for Immersive Visual Technologies) in Hervanta campus and TAUCHI (Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interaction) and the Centre for Practise as Research in Theatre, T7 in the city centre campus. In the University of the Arts Helsinki (University of the Arts), MAGICS node is anchored in the Research Hub on the Sörnäinen campus (CfAR, Centre for Artistic Research). These nodes offer interconnected physical facilities and on-campus services to MAGICS’ PIs, researchers and industry.