Student Spotlight: Asexual Representation in the Media

As a term, asexual has traditionally been used in biology to describe organisms that reproduce without sex. However, over the last decade, asexual has developed into a term to describe people who don’t experience sexual attraction. For an asexual person, they may find someone more emotionally or romantically attractive. There’s a wide spectrum of asexuality identification, but the common denominator is that an asexual person doesn’t experience the typical sexual attraction portrayed in the media.

Student Spotlight: Persuasive Games and Mental Illness

For Teslim’s thesis, he is reviewing current interactive anti-stigma initiatives for mental health awareness, specifically Schizophrenia, identifying some of their shortcomings and proposing persuasive games as an effective medium to remediate the simulation-type, anti-stigma initiatives that currently exist.

Student Spotlight: Improving Gesture Control with Touch

Counted amongst the first cohort in the PhD program in the Digital Media Department, Chelsea is at the forefront of web development. She is researching how to mitigate the drawbacks of gesture control in order to improve its ability to read intent by combining gesture and touch. Further development of gesture control is currently hindered by two major drawbacks: live mic and false-negative errors. These two issues impact a gesture system’s ability to properly read the user’s intent and decrease its accuracy and execution speed.

Student Spotlight: Immersive Paleoart

Immersive Paleoart is the master’s thesis project of graduate student Valentina Feldman. In conjunction with graduate students working in Paleontology at Drexel’s Science College, and the staff at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences, she has been working on an animated reconstruction of the titanosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani, one of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth.