Welcome to the Advanced Media Lab
The mission of the Advanced Media Lab is to expand the possibilities of communication through computation. We seek novel uses of technology that push the boundaries of creativity and interdisciplinary practices to explore the new horizons of our world.
The AML lab strives to use technology that pushes the boundaries of creativity. Here are the projects and people who explore new horizons of innovation.
Project feature: Vanishing River
This 360 Aerial documentary makes tangible the changing landscape of the American Southwest as it explores the upper reaches of the Colorado River down to Lake Mead and Phoenix, where we can see the stark reminders of the river’s decline. With funding from the Hearst foundation this virtual reality documentary shows the implications of climate change. Our cinematography team is preparing to fly a DJI Matrice 600 Pro drone, capable of carrying a 13-pound camera. The drone is being specially modified by NAU’s Engineering Department to hold and stabilize a Kandao 360 camera. read more.
AML and NAU Esports
Esports will gain a new home in the Advanced Media Lab. The lab provides a space for team practice and competition. The lab also has state-of-the-art technology, including a “Shoutcasting” booth that enables commentary and streaming of the NAU Esports club. read more.
Staff Feature: Graham Hagerty
Graham stared as a student at NAU in the Visual Communication program. He met The director of the AML lab, Giovanni Castillo, when he took his class. Graham and Giovanni formed a natural partnership when they both took an early interest in Virtual Reality. Graham helped build the first VR Lab, then titled IVR Lab. He quickly became an expert 3D modeler and level designer for real-time 3D environments. He returned to work in the AML as a project lead for the Lowell NSF Grant project. read more to learn more about the project.