The “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theater and Film of Bucharest (UNATC) started on June 28, 2015 the implementation of the project “CINETic – International Center for Research and Education in Creative Technologies”.

The project was co-financed through the European Regional Development Fund, based on the funding contract concluded with the Ministry of National Education in its capacity of Intermediate Body (IB), for and on behalf of the Ministry of European Funds in its capacity of Managing Authority for the Sectoral Operational Program “Increasing the Economic Competitiveness” (SOP IEC).

The objective of the project was that of establishing the International Center for Research and Education in Innovative and Creative Technologies – CINETic, with 6 laboratories endowed with 10 complex lines of equipment for scientific research and 10 state of the art innovative – creative technologies in the field of audio-visual. The 6 laboratories created within the Center are:

The Laboratory for Creative Digital Techniques for Film;

The Laboratory for Digital Interaction Sound-Light;

The Laboratory for Virtual Sets Design and Augmented Reality;

The Laboratory for Digital Interaction;

The Laboratory for Digital Animation;

The Laboratory for Cognitive Development and Applied Psychology through Immersive Experiences.

The scope

The scope of the CINETic project was that of bringing within UNATC the state of the art technologies which exist in the field, in order to be able to develop research and educational programs in accordance with the global values and at the current stage of development in the field, as well as to establish multidisciplinary research teams.

Through the establishment of CINETic state of the art technological flows of innovative research were purchased, which are unique in Romania:

  • motion capture (capturing movement based on infrared cameras, including the facial movements);
  • motion control (control of the camera movements in robotic regime);
  • creation of the full 3D production flow in the field of animation and generation of virtual sets, including 3D printing and CNC router;
  • EEG in mobile density regime of 64 channels and in high density stationary regime.

Within CINETic the students will research, learn and experience creation techniques and methods by utilizing these equipment and software, starting with filming and 3D content in and on traditional or non-conventional projection surfaces, will generate virtual sets and will capture movements in three dimensions through infrared in order to include it in the generation of virtual characters or movement techniques for EEG monitoring or eye tracking.

At the same time with the teaching and creation activity, in the technological base of the laboratory, own research programs can be developed within the master and PhD departments, as well as research programs in partnership with other universities and research or production services can be supplied to production agents specific to the field of activity.

A building with a basement, ground floor and 3 floors was purchased in order to establish the CINETic Center and it is located on 3B Tudor Arghezi Street (behind the National Theater), with a surface of approximately 1800 square meters.

The project will create 12 jobs in the field of research, during the project’s sustainability period, six of which will be new positions of researchers, research assistants, being created at the end of 2015.

The establishment of the 6 laboratories and the equipment purchased through the project have created since the beginning of the 2015 – 2016 academic year important research opportunities for the UNATC students, as well as for the teaching staff involved in the research activity.