VR center to boost Shanghai university as a talent hub
Updated: 2017-11-01

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Shanghai Jiao Tong University joins hands with GDI, a local high-tech company, to open a VR education and innovation center on Oct 24. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a school at the forefront of innovation, took a step further in its visual reality (VR) field, by joining hands with GDI, a local high-tech company, to open a VR education and innovation center on Oct 24.

The center has definitely put China's university-enterprise cooperation to a new high. In a quest to cultivate top-tier VR professionals, the center was designed to provide tailored education to every student, from their academic improvement and practical training to ultimate scientific breakthroughs.

It also features a large variety of technological support, especially the ones independently developed by GDI, such as the DVS3D, the first VR coordination platform in China that can directly obtain data of various 3-D computer aided design software in real time.

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A student from Shanghai Jiao Tong University directs a visitor on how to use the VR facility. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]

IdeaVR, a VR education platform which boasts the first in the world to enable real-time long-distance teaching for various students, was also added to the center. It has upgraded VR education, from the traditional one-to-one mode, to an inspiring function that makes teacher-student interactions possible and frequent.

For example, by wearing special helmets or stereoscopic glasses, students from various areas can cooperate with each other for different tasks, get close-up views of 3-D architectural, medical and mechanical models, and gain first-hand experiences without any cost.

The students can also benefit from various academic training, industrial seminar, and employment supports, helping them to better adapt in areas of graphic processing, automatic input algorithm, and interactive design.

A group of 50 experts from domestic colleges and educational establishments also shared their insights into the VR industry. Zhai Guangtao, a professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, explored the possibility of VR's adjuvant role in treating childhood autism.

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Students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University pose for a photo at the opening ceremony of the VR education and innovation center. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]

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