About

Find out what the Computational Media Innovation Centre does and how to get in touch

What we do

The Computational Media Innovation Centre (CMIC) aims to enhance New Zealand’s interactive media ecosystem through user-oriented academic research. We collaborate with industry experts and major international media organisations in areas such as virtual reality/augmented reality, film/video, rendering, animation, special effects, and gaming technologies.

We provide an incubation space and prototyping staffs to further develop research ideas for transfer to practice via startups or licensing, working closely with Victoria University of Wellington’s commercialisation office, Wellington UniVentures.

We work closely with multiple research groups in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, including Computer Graphics, HCI, and Artificial Intelligence, as well as with the larger university creative community: the Miramar Creative Centre, the School of Design Innovation, the Wellington School of ArchitectureWellington School of Business and Government, the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies, the School of Psychology, and the Wellington ICT Graduate School .

Wellington is home to the Weta group of companies, including Weta Digital, Weta Workshop, and Park Road Post Production. The largest game company in New Zealand, PikPok, is here. New Zealand has a dynamic AR/VR ecosystem, including Wrestler, MIXT Studios, and 8i here in Wellington.

A walkthrough of the CMIC campus

How we began

The Computational Media Innovation Centre (CMIC) was announced in September 2017 by the Tertiary Education, Skills, and Employment Minister Hon Paul Goldsmith as one of the first three recipients of funding from the Government’s Entrepreneurial Universities Initiative.

The Initiative aims to attract world-leading entrepreneurial academics to New Zealand in order to foster cutting-edge research and university-led innovation and entrepreneurship.