LiLa and the Virtual Lab


An interesting week as several projects coalesce around the notion of setting up networked 3-D labs for conducting experiments and simulations in the sciences notably focused on undergraduate studies. In Europe, it's the LiLa Project, or Library of Labs, which has already selected Project Wonderland as the user experience virtual world platform based at the University of Stuttgart. Also in Europe at the University of Technology in Graz, researchers are heading up a similar and inter-connected initiative called CLISE to bring the same vision to life along with the pioneering efforts of MIT's i-Labs program in collaboration with the EU. In America along with MIT, the Rocket World Project takes off soon at the Immersive Education Initiative where our investment in the Alice 3.0 authoring environment and it's integration with Wonderland will provide another amazing showcase of innovation as kids design, build and launch virtual rockets while engineers from NASA supervise and mentor their work.  We'll showcase it all at Educause in Denver in a few weeks. As my friend Aaron always says, "Tally Ho!"


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