Kaust University inauguration Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud hosted more than 3,000 guests, including prominent Saudis, foreign leaders, and nobel laureates, at the inauguration ceremony of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. We created an interactive exhibtion area for all guests and show elements for the inauguration itself. For the inauguration we created an interactive exhibition area, which featured various interactive applications presenting all aspects of KAUST, as well as milestones in the history of arabic, islamic and world science. We also enriched the inauguration show with interactive real-time content on a movable projection screen. The center piece installation included an 8m tall LED cylinder with 360 degree animations and four curved, edge blended projection screens displaying a 360 degree animation. With the animations being synchronized to each other a full immersive environment was created. A spherical projection displaying a virtual earth was sitting beneath the LED cylinder. The visitors controlled the information displayed on the globe by four touch screens. In addition four interactive timeline tunnels were created. These “timeline projections” were combined with a laser tracking system, which allowed visitors to trigger animations by walking past them or interact with the content by simply waving their hands in front of it (touch-less interaction). For more detailed information 23 holographic touch screen displays with a fully animated 3D user interface were installed around the exhibition area. Visitors could browse through almost one thousand pictures and several hundred pages of text in English and Arabic informing about the history of Science, KAUST, Saudi Arabia and the launch event itself. Professors of KAUST were able to present their faculties at four interactive coffee tables with integrated touch screens. We provided real-time graphics and animations for the inauguration show to support lectures and speeches. The Custodian Of The Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah himself triggered the grand finale by touching an interactive pylon. This gesture initiated the opening of the 70m wide, shaped projection screens with all animations synchronized to the screens’ movement.

 guests try out one of many interactive displays during the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Inauguration Ceremony September 23, 2009 in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (about 80 Kilometers north of Jeddah.) The University will act as a living laboratory by demonstrating that environmentally responsible methods of energy use, materials management, and water consumption are viable in the Middle East and across the globe. (Photo by Scott Nelson)  3,000 invited guests enjoy a host of multimedia displays and interactive exhibits and kiosks during the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Inauguration Ceremony September 23, 2009 in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (about 80 Kilometers north of Jeddah.) The University will act as a living laboratory by demonstrating that environmentally responsible methods of energy use, materials management, and water consumption are viable in the Middle East and across the globe. (Photo by Scott Nelson) The Royal Guard awaits the arrival of King Abdullah and other VIPS during the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Inauguration Ceremony September 23, 2009 in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (about 80 Kilometers north of Jeddah.) The University will act as a living laboratory by demonstrating that environmentally responsible methods of energy use, materials management, and water consumption are viable in the Middle East and across the globe. (Photo by Scott Nelson)King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) President Choon Fong Shih addresses3,000 guests during the inauguration ceremony of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on September 23, 2009, in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (80 kilometers north of Jeddah). KAUST is a graduate-level research institution that has attracted top scientists and students from around the world. (Photo by Scott Nelson) dsc_0250 10225_168681915419_692845419_4173065_1355349_n 10225_168681915419_692845419_4173065_1355349_ndsc_0225 dsc_0139 dsc_0138 dsc_0124 dsc_0122 10225_168682005419_692845419_4173074_7394985_n 10225_168682000419_692845419_4173073_4534371_n 10225_168681995419_692845419_4173072_8272927_n 10225_168681965419_692845419_4173069_169943_n 10225_168681945419_692845419_4173067_7151049_n 10225_168681915419_692845419_4173065_1355349_n

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