SFU expansion on display

Sumo wrestling robots, clothes that respond to danger, digital vandalism and a wearable storytelling system are among more than 100 displays to be featured at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus during its community open house May 28.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the university will also feature music, games and entertainment for all ages as it showcases its 54,000-square-foot expansion, Podium 2.

The new space – which includes specialized classrooms and wet labs for science programs – was developed as part of a $10-million project funded by the federal and provincial governments.

Other highlights of the expansion include a base for the International Centre for Cybercrime Research, where researchers will focus on studying criminal networking online; a sensory deprivation chamber; a new gerontology lab; and new biomedical physiology and kinesiology teaching and research labs.

The open house will also include information about academic programs, student services and admission; as well as a youth area with rock climbing, a bungee zone and inflatable play areas.

SFU Surrey campus is located at 13450 102 Ave.

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