Innovation & Enterprise


UCL virtual reality (VR) project supports innovation in the museum sector

19 July 2021

The knowledge exchange project will explore how VR technology could be used to support cultural exhibitions and make them more accessible.

Person wearing a virtual reality headset in a museum

Virtual Reality (VR) in museums is the focus of a newly funded knowledge exchange project. The knowledge exchange partnership brings together UCL Culture, UCL's Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology start-up Kagenova, which was founded by UCL scientists.

The project will enable these highly specialised teams to share ideas, experiences, and skills to support innovation in VR in the museum sector.

Kagenova has developed geometric AI techniques, tailored specifically to VR. These techniques help create an immersive experience that provides both photo-realism and interactivity. They developed and applied these techniques to help explore the unknown horizons of the night sky using VR.

This knowledge exchange project is supported by UCL’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), managed by UCL Innovation & Enterprise. The partnership has been facilitated by the Business and Innovation Partnerships team within UCL Innovation & Enterprise.

Dr Kathryn Walsh, Executive Director, UCL Innovation & Enterprise, said: “UCL values building connections beyond academia. This collaboration is an outstanding example of experts from UCL working together with an AI technology startup to contribute to the future of the museum sector.”

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