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Westphal at Research Day

April 21, 2015

On Friday, May 1, Drexel students will present the incredible breadth of research being conducted across the University’s diverse disciplines at the annual Research Day, a celebration of scholarship, innovation and creativity. More than twenty Westphal undergraduate and graduate posters will be presented, representing our Digital Media, Product Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Fashion Design, Animation & Visual Effects, Television Management, Graphic Design and Music Industry programs. Widely utilizing multidisciplinary design research processes, the exciting Westphal projects that will be presented range from video games that generate social impact, to innovative fashion garments that visualize scientific processes, to the creation of synthetic and responsive environments.

Interior Architecture & Design students will present a synthetic habitat made from engineered crystals, in which “robot gardeners” nurture and cultivate their own environment.

Among the many projects from the Digital Media department are a location-based mobile game that helps HIV-positive LGBT youth develop positive outlooks, and a biofeedback-based approach to game design that customizes the horror game experience for each user.

Students from the Product Design program will present a new “Smart Household” water system that provides information to residents about the contaminants in their water, as well as innovative water purification, and a device that helps travelers more easily navigate the gaps between transportation.

Graphic Design students are presenting their research in the use of fractal patterns in visual media, as well as the subliminal messages and political undertones in the Polish State Entertainment Agency’s 1960s circus advertisements.

Fashion Design students will share garment innovations that include architectural origami and the use of living organisms, and Television Management students will explore ethical representation, dramatization, and filmmaker-participant relationships in documentary filmmaking.

Click here to learn more about Research Day on May 1, which will take place from 11:00am – 2:30pm in the Daskalakis Athletic Center (33rd & Market Streets).