Mobile App: Interactive Museum Experience – Hyecho’s Journey

Mobile App: Interactive Museum Experience – Hyecho’s Journey

Project Sponsors: LSA Department of Asian Languages and LSA Department of Art History

In 724, the Korean monk, Hyecho (ca. 704–780), set out from China on a pilgrimage to India, the sacred land of Buddhism. Among the many pilgrims to India over the centuries, his travels were the most extensive. This project will trace his route over land and sea, focusing not on the texts he read but the art and architecture he encountered. An art exhibition will draw together artifacts from Korea, China, Japan, and India, as well as their religious, literary, and artistic traditions.

The student team will develop and deliver an interactive mobile app for tablets that supports and enhances visits through the UM-created art exhibit, “Hyecho’s Journey.” The app will provide an interactive, individually tailored guide through the exhibit as well as supplemental information and activities for a variety of user groups: K-12, adults, and scholars. The student-developed app will be integrated into an exhibition that will open in October 2017 at the Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, the National Museums of Asian Art in Washington D.C. The exhibition will remain at the Smithsonian for three years after which the app will be made available to museums and schools throughout the US.

More Information: 2017-Hyechos

Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following  document in January 2017:

Student IP Agreement for this Project Team

How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7
  • Likely Majors A&D, HISTART, ASIAN, CS, EDU, MSP, SI
  • Course Substitutions EECS 498, SI, Honors, A&D Elec
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity Summer Funding Application
  • iOS Programming (3 Students)

    General interest and skills in programming

    • Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA
  • User Interface Design (1 Student)

    UI/UX Design, usability studies, graphic design experience/interest desireable

    • Likely Majors: Information (SI), A&D
  • Educational Content/Game Development (1-2 Students)

    Creative development of content that ties to the exhibit and augments the experience

    • Likely Majors: Education, Museum Studies, Asian Studies, Art History

Faculty Mentor: Sugih Jaminsugih
Associate Professor
Sugih Jamin is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He earned a B.S. degree from University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from University of Southern California. His current research projects are in content based networking, digital humanities, 3D cloud gaming and video cloud traffic engineering.
Sponsor Mentor: Kevin CarrKevin Carr
Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art; specialist in Buddhist art and premodern Japanese visual culture.
Sponsor Mentor: Donald LopezDonald Lopez
Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies; Department Chair Asian Languages and Cultures