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The NYU Center for Advanced Technology in Multimedia
was a 10 year NYSTAR funded project from 1993-2004,
one of 13 such centers funded under this program in New York State.
The NYU CAT accomplished
many things in those ten years, including
helping to launch
new technologies and companies, training many
people in developing technologies in the crucial
early years of the mid-90's,
bridge for faculty and students from all over
NYU to work together across inter-departmental
boundaries, and helping to create and retain
many hi-tech jobs in NY State.
The CAT was also a strong promoter of the
New Media arts and culture,
and supporting many worthy cultural projects,
from children's hospitals to science museums to
cultural archives, as well as many cutting edge
and award winning works by talented and innovative
Those of us who formed the CAT owe a special
thanks to the Courant
Institute and the Computer Science Department
for graciously housing the CAT and for the
many ways they have helped support our activities.
Much of the work of the NYU CAT
continues in the
Media Research Laboratory,
which is an exciting and growing
laboratory within the NYU Department of Computer Science.
Thanks are due to the
many individual faculty
from departments around
NYU who have contributed
their time and expertise
to help make the CAT
a true intellectual meeting place,
and Denis Zorin.
The number of our friends and colleagues
in industry and at cultural institutions
who worked with or sponsored the CAT
is simply too vast to be individually listed here.
You know who you are, and you know
that we and NYU are all grateful for your contributions
which in many cases are still continuing
to grow and evolve.
The NYU CAT
are and always will be a unique family,
one that will always be connected together through
many shared experiences and good works.
We are confident that the good influence of the
CAT will continue to ripple through our
lives and our work in the years to come.