1. About the Imaging Research Center at UMBC

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    (Updated 9/20/13) This provides a brief overview of the work of the Imaging Research Center (IRC). Director, Dan Bailey and Associate Director, Lee Boot, give viewers a guided tour of some of the projects, processes and education goals of the center.

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    • Think-a-thon Introduction Video (with music)

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      On Friday, May 24, 2013 a dynamic group of thinkers from the Baltimore/DC area came together to discuss issues facing Baltimore City such as Teen Violence, Schools to Prison Pipeline, Food Deserts, LGBT Youth, HIV/AIDS, Post Industrial Baltimore, and many more. The event was produced by the University of Maryland, College of Arts and Humanities. The intro video was created by the Imaging Research Center at UMBC animated by Jason Hughes and produced by Lee Boot.

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      • Think-a-Thon Introduction Video

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        On Friday, May 24, 2013 a dynamic group of thinkers from the Baltimore/DC area came together to discuss issues facing Baltimore City such as Teen Violence, Schools to Prison Pipeline, Food Deserts, LGBT Youth, HIV/AIDS, Post Industrial Baltimore, and many more. The event was produced by the University of Maryland, College of Arts and Humanities. The intro video was created by the Imaging Research Center at UMBC animated by Jason Hughes and produced by Lee Boot.

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        • UMBC Professors Solve F. Hrabowski's Favorite Math Problem

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          UMBC President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski likes to pose a math problem when he speaks to K-12 students and their parents and teachers. The problem seems simple at first, then subversively unravels the assumptions most of us developed in grade school about what both math and learning math can be.

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          • Daisyworld: 3D Animation by Tyler Chase

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            After working on conventional animations for a while, it's refreshing to tackle a completely different perspective. Collaborating with NASA/Goddard producer Michael Starobin, I've been working on a unique method for creating films. Rather than use the standard flat image, this animation is designed to be projected onto a sphere and be viewed from every angle. This has a whole host of considerations I wouldn't even think about for a regular project. For example, the maya files are built around a camera that sees in every direction simultaneously. Every element has to designed to be seen from above, as they're going to be placed around a sphere and face the camera in the center. The goal of the project was to illustrate the "Daisyworld" thought experiment, originally conceived by James Lovelock and Andrew Watson as a way to demonstrate environmental feedback. If a planet were completely covered in black daisies, the temperature would gradually rise, as black colored objects absorb lots of energy. Eventually, this hypothetical planet gets warm enough for white flowers to start growing, which begin reflecting energy. Think of white and black cars on a sunny day, and you get the idea. As the planet cools down again, more black daisies grow, which starts the cycle over again. Eventually the temperature stabilizes and the populations are equal. My animation is part of a longer film produced at Goddard Space Flight Center, which will be shown all around the country in a few months. Modeled and animated by Tyler Chase.

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            • LDCM Satellite Visualization - Materials Test: 3D Animation by Rachel Kreutzinger

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              Initiated in 1972, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission is a collaborative venture between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, and is the most extensive continuous record of changes on the Earth's surface. The images generated from Landsat contribute to such NASA research as fluctuations in weather and climate, ecosystems, and the water and carbon cycles. Landsat also allows for study of local and regional land use, disaster response and evaluation, water use, human health and society, national and global economics, resource management, and carbon cycling and sequestration among other observations. This 3D visualization of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Satellite is a test to experiment with recreating the materials of the satellite in a digital space. These animations will eventually serve to exemplify the satellite's location and function as it orbits Earth. Modeled, textured and animated by Rachel Kreutzinger.

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              • FieldTrip Films: Documentary

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                This short film documents and explains the Field Trip project.

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                • Perfecting Textures in Maya: 3D Process Animation by Ryan Zuber

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                  This animation shows the use of a simple polka dot texture to adjust the UVs of a particular 3D model in order to perfect the look of the final textures that will be applied.

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                  • Glacier Break: 3D Animation by Tyler Chase

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                    • Iceberg: 3D Animation by Tyler Chase

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