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  • 2017

  • 2016

    • dancers

      Building Drones to Dance – David Parsons’ Choreography Brings Human and Robot Inspired Dynamics to Philadelphia

      August 25, 2016

      The Federal Aviation Administration has counted nearly 325,000 registered drone operators as of Feb. 8, 2016 – although this number represents only a fraction of the unmanned aerial vehicles currently at the fingertips of humans. According to the FAA, the average drone operator owns one and a half drones, putting the number of flying robots closer to half a million…but how many of these drones will dance? 

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      Find any Museum in America with New MuseumStat Website and App

      August 16, 2016

      There are over 30,000 museums across the United States – and now you can learn about each one, with the online resource MuseumStat, a powerful tool to better understand museums and their role in our communities. For those with wanderlust and a zeal for travel, the associated iOS app, MuseumFinder, will reveal what museums may be just around the corner through its location-based GPS search. 

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    • One of the "Have you seen this dragon?" coffee sleeves being distributed as part of the Day of Giving.

      Save Mario With 24 Hours of Impact

      May 09, 2016

      Our beloved mascot is missing! Here's how you can be a part of Drexel's first Day of Giving, become an agent of C.I.A. (Central Institutional Advancement), receive secret messages and help rescue Mario.

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    • touch sensitive fabric

      Drexel Brings National Network for Advanced Functional Fabrics Manufacturing to Philadelphia

      April 01, 2016

      The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped Drexel University as a key leader in the creation of a $75 million national research institute that will support American textile manufacturers in bringing sophisticated new materials and textiles to the marketplace. The institute, called Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, will be a national manufacturing resource center for industry and government to draw on academic expertise in new fibers and textiles. The result will be fabrics engineered to see, hear, sense and communicate; serving an array of industries including aerospace, apparel, architecture and health. 

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    • health app

      Drexel and Coventry University to Host Workshop on Serious Games For Health Care

      March 16, 2016

      A gathering of international researchers, developers, professors, entrepreneurs and physicians will convene at Drexel University’s Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center at the end of March to have a discussion about video games and how they can help improve people’s health, aid the healing process and guide caregivers. 

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    • Anita Sarkeesian at the ExCITe Center

      No Easy Questions for Anita Sarkeesian at the ExCITe Center

      March 02, 2016

      Media critic Anita Sarkeesian, known for her Feminist Frequency video series “Tropes vs Women” and “Video Games vs Women,” answered student-submitted questions about her beginnings, the state of the video game industry today and what she sees for the future.

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    • Professor Youngmoo Kim, director of Drexel’s ExCITe Center, singing with the TONICs

      A Cappella for Academics: The TONICs join Drexel’s TrebleMakers at the Academy

      February 29, 2016

      Celebrate 25 years of a cappella with colleagues from the Academy of Natural Sciences and the ExCITe Center at a special concert on March 5.

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    • Kollect game

      Video Game Therapy — Drexel Professors Design Games For Cerebral Palsy Patients

      February 22, 2016

      While video games have often been saddled with the reputation of promoting a sedentary lifestyle, a group of Drexel University professors see the digital diversions as a way of helping patients with cerebral palsy to keep on moving. The team, with expertise ranging from game design to movement science, physical therapy and biomedical engineering, recently formed a company called enAble Games, with the goal of making web-based active video games that can be used as part of therapy or rehabilitation exercise sessions.  

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    • Q & A with Anita Sarkeesian

      February 19, 2016

      ExCITe was honored to co-host an informal Q & A with the feminist media critic, alongside Temple Libraries and the Entrepreneurial Game Studio.

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    • STEAM Education Workshop

      February 15, 2016

      The second annual STEAM Education Workshop took place on February 15th, 2016 at the ExCITe Center.

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    • EGS Receives Intel Grant

      February 03, 2016

      After receiving a generous gift from Intel, the EGS plans on holding a series of Game Design and Creative Code workshops for middle and high school students.  The workshops will encourage children to explore STEAM fields and promote an interest in computing and game design.

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    • Cold Mountain opera

      Drexel and Penn Create Free Online Course With Opera Philadelphia

      January 25, 2016

      In its ongoing mission to broaden its audience and bolster its patrons’ enjoyment, Opera Philadelphia is rolling out an online course in the lead-up to its next major production. Experts from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania created the framework and curriculum as a primer for Opera Philadelphia’s east coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer’s Cold Mountain, which opens on Feb. 5 at the Academy of Music.

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    • War of the Worlds

      Drexel to Bring 'War of The Worlds' Interactive Art Experience to Philadelphia With Support From William Penn Foundation

      January 11, 2016

      “The War of the Worlds,” H.G. Wells’s classic work of science fiction literature has inspired the creation of feature films, radio dramas, comic books, music and even the rockets that put a man on the moon. Now the seminal tale of alien invasion is the vision guiding the development of a citywide interactive game and performance project in Philadelphia.

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  • 2015

    • Tetris on Cira Centre

      Philadelphia Students to Design Skyscraper-Size Video Games

      December 09, 2015

      Starting this winter, more than 100 middle-school students from Philadelphia schools and community groups will try their hand at being video game designers, with an opportunity to play their games on one of the biggest screens imaginable: a 29-story building covered with LEDs. Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio is working with young game designers-in-the-making to come up with new games for Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Centre office building, an edifice that has twice played host to the largest architectural video game display in the world.

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    • Faculty Fellowship

      September 21, 2015

      The ExCITe Faculty Fellowship is an opportunity for faculty to receive financial support to allow for long-term (a year minimum) engagement and housing within the ExCITe Center.

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    • #PhillyLovesRobots

      August 06, 2015

      Join ExCITe roboticist, The Hacktory and participants from around Philadelphia for a project night around robotics. Tonight, Thursday August 6, 6-9pm at 3401 Market Street, Suite 100

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    • Idea to App Store

      June 29, 2015

      On June 29th, 2015, the Drexel App Lab held an Idea to App Store Workshop, a collaborative program in which attendees had the chance to learn about the overall process of taking an app idea from concept to deployment.

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    • Philadelphia Science Festival

      Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival's Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology

      April 22, 2015

      Students, faculty and staff from Drexel University will help make the fifth anniversary of the Philadelphia Science Festival one of the biggest citywide celebrations to date. More than 200 regional partner organizations from museums to cultural centers and educational institutions will present over 100 events across the city during the nine-day celebration intended to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 


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    • capacitive yarn

      Holding Energy By The Threads: Drexel Researchers Spin Cotton Into Capacitive Yarn

      March 05, 2015

      While the pattern for making a wearable fabric battery has already been laid out, it’s now time to select the threads that will turn a textile into an energy storage device. That process is being driven by Drexel University doctoral student Kristy Jost, who’s threaded her way into the forefront of research on conductive yarns.  



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    • TechGirlz

      Drexel and TechGirlz to Create Online Game Design Class For Teens

      February 18, 2015

      Recent higher education reports have raised questions about the persistence of inequality in gender representation among college students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines in the last decade. Employment in the technology sector continues to reflect this disparity. Two local groups are taking steps to reverse this trend by increasing access to tech workshops that encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

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    • ExCITe announces The STEAM Education Workshop

      February 16, 2015

      The ExCITe Center will be holding a STEAM education workshop on Monday, February 16th.

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    • A student working at Dragon Hacks 2015.

      Drexel Hosts, Wins Hardware Hackathon

      January 21, 2015

      Hosting a hackathon that utilized hardware instead of the usual software, a Drexel team using innovative controls for a drone rose above the rest.

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  • 2014

  • 2013

    • 3401 innovation hub

      Drexel, University City Science Center and DreamIt Ventures Partner to Foster Innovation in Philadelphia

      December 11, 2013

      Drexel University, the University City Science Center and DreamIt Ventures are on a mission to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region and have formed a strategic partnership that creates a hub for start-ups to test their wings and the capital that will support their continued growth.

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    • Cira Pong

      Pong on Cira Centre Sets Guinness World Record

      November 18, 2013

      The dream of Drexel associate professor Frank Lee, PhD, that came to fruition in the form of a 29-story video game –Pong- played on the north facade of Brandywine Realty Tust’s Cira Centre is now a world record. Guinness World Records officially recognized the event, which was held on April 19 and 24 as part of Philly Tech Week, as the “largest architectural videogame display.”

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    • Michael Nutter and John Fry

      The Philadelphia of the Future: Fry, Nutter on Drexel's Role in the City's Evolution

      November 18, 2013

      What will Philadelphia look like in 30 years, and what role will Drexel play in its transformation? President John Fry and Mayor Michael Nutter addressed these questions at last week's CityAge gathering at Drexel.

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    • CityAge

      October 29, 2013

      What will cities look like in the future? Who will live in them? How will people travel between them? These are just some of the questions facing politicians, investors and innovators – people who have the power, motivation and vision to shape their answers. Hundreds of these visionaries and decision-makers will come together at Drexel University’s Behrakis Grand Hall on Nov. 13-14 to continue a dialogue about “the New American City.”

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    • Isomer Musical Metacreation

      August 21, 2013

      Over the summer, Dr. Wilder and I [Jamie Leidwinger] have set up camp in Drexel University’s Expressive and Creative Interactive Technologies (ExCITe) Center in Philadelphia to work on the Isomer Project: a digital humanities research project aimed at teaching computers to listen to music sensitively. Our goals for the summer are to develop both quantitative and qualitative aspects to Isomer’s ability to listen and identify descriptors for music.

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    • Touchkeys Kickstarter

      August 01, 2013

      Dr. Andrew McPherson (inventor of the Magnetic Resonator Piano), has launched a successful Kickstarter project for TouchKeys, sensors for musical keyboards that turn every key into a touchpad controller. Andrew began work on the TouchKeys project during his post-doctoral fellowship at Drexel in the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) as part of our efforts to enhance the expressive capabilities of musical instruments.

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    • Reimagining Learning in Philly

      July 18, 2013

      During it's seventh year, the cost-free music technology program for high school students called Summer Music Technology ran for the first time at the ExCITe Center. Over the week, students learned about the science and technology behind digital music; and this year, a visitor from the U.S. Department of Education came by to observe the program.

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    • 2013 Seed Project Proposals

      May 20, 2013

      The ExCITe Center announces a new call for novel, highly multi-disciplinary research projects providing the opportunity to develop concepts that may be difficult to support through traditional channels.

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    • The Hubos Come Together

      May 13, 2013

      Check out the Hubos performing their cover of The Beatles classic "Come Together."

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    • Knight Arts Challenge

      April 29, 2013

      Drexel University’s Expressive & Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center is taking a step forward in efforts at the intersection of the arts, technology and science thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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    • International Space Apps Challenge

      April 21, 2013

      Organized by Azavea and presented by NASA, the International Space Apps Challenge is a two-day hackathon (April 20-21, 2013) where citizens from around the world work together to solve current challenges relevant to both space exploration and social needs. In Philly judges were Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, NASA Deputy CIO Deborah Diaz, and City of Philadelphia Chief Data Officer Mark Headd, who awarded prizes at the end of the event.

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    • Pong Over Philly

      April 19, 2013

      The video game that started them all will come to life on Philadelphia’s largest array of LEDs in a visual spectacle that is sure to inspire wonder while plucking at the heartstrings of nostalgic video gamers throughout the city.

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      Q&A with Youngmoo Kim: Drexel's 'Science of Jazz' Event at the Philadelphia Science Festival

      April 15, 2013

      One must-see highlight of this year's Philadelphia Science Festival is Drexel’s “Science of Jazz,” a next-generation jazz concert the evening of April 23 in the Mandell Theater. DrexelNow spoke with Dr. Youngmoo Kim, director of the ExCITe Center, to find out learn more about this uniquely Drexel event and why it’s one to add to your to-do list for the festival.

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    • Nature Speaks with Genevieve Dion

      April 11, 2013

      Genevieve Dion works at textile engineering's cutting edge at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ahead of the Smart Fabrics conference in San Francisco, California, she talks about knitting robots, permanently pleating silk and charging mobile phones from shirts.

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    • WHYY Friday Arts

      April 05, 2013

      Friday Arts is a 30-minute arts, culture and entertainment magazine produced by WHYY-TV that features three segments: "Art," "Art of Life" and "Art of Food." Friday Arts casts a light on some of Philadelphia's best-kept secrets in the arts. In April's episode, which aired Friday April 5th, Drexel's ExCITe Center was featured, along with Mary Wilson: Come See About Me and The Perfect Brew.

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    • The Science of Music

      February 11, 2013

      The Philadelphia Science Festival hosted a unique jazz concert held in the Bossone Research Center’s Mitchell Auditorium. This event allowed the audience to experience the science behind the music via an interactive smartphone app, as well as insight into the powerful connection music has in the structure and function of the brain presented by Dr. Aniruddh Patel, Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology from the Neurosciences Institute.

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  • 2012

    • ExCITe Center now open

      Innovation and Creativity Converge as Drexel Opens ExCITe Center

      November 28, 2012

      The ExCITe Center will serve as a creative space for research in engineering, technology, information science and the arts.

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    • ExCITe Center Space Opens

      November 26, 2012

      Anchored by research teams from Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, the College of Engineering, and the iSchool-College of Information Science and Technology, the ExCITe Center represents a step forward in the ambitious plans of Drexel and its partners in the community to develop an “Innovation Neighborhood” in University City and West Philadelphia. The flexible space for the highly collaborative work housed within the University City Science Center building at 34th and Market streets, was designed by local firm UJMN Architects + Designers.

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    • Youngmoo Kim

      What I'm Reading: Dr. Youngmoo Kim

      September 19, 2012

      Drexel's Dr. Youngmoo Kim took the time to chat with DrexelNow about his current reading choice, The Rise of the Creative Class—Revisited (second edition) by Richard Florida.

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    • Ignite Philly 10

      September 12, 2012

      Dr. Youngmoo Kim presented at Ignite Philly 10. Speaking about the ExCITe Center in their beloved short format, he touched on The Hubos and the MRP, as well as the other great work of our partners.

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    • Scientist of the Year

      August 22, 2012

      Dr. Youngmoo Kim, director for the ExCITe Center, associate professor of electrical & computer engineering, and assistant dean of engineering for media technologies, was among the many members of Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community on the red carpet at the Academy of Natural Sciences for Philadelphia’s Geek Awards on August 17th.

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    • Seed Funded Research Projects

      June 01, 2012

      The first three seed funded research projects were announced on June 1, 2012. The awarded projects were: "Virtual Opera," "Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Gaming," and "Sonic City."

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    • Science Night at the Ballpark

      April 28, 2012

      Many attended Science Night at the Ballpark and cheered on the Phillies as they took on the Chicago Cubs all while learning about the science of sports.

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