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Immersive VR for Scientific Visualization: A progress report

Andries van Dam
Department of Computer Science, Brown University

Tuesday, June 11, 2002 14:30-15:30,
Visualization Laboratory, Bldg. 225, Room B131.

Abstract: Immersive virtual reality (IVR) has the potential to be a powerful tool for the visualization of burgeoning scientific datasets and models. While IVR has been available for well over a decade, its use in scientific visualization is relatively new and many challenges remain before IVR can become a standard tool for the working scientist. In this presentation we provide a progress report and sketch a research agenda for the technology underlying IVR for scientific visualization. Among the interesting problem areas are how to do computational steering for exploration, how to use art-inspired visualization techniques for multi-valued data, and how to construct interaction techniques and metaphors for pleasant and efficient control of the environment. To illustrate our approaches to some of these issues, we will present specific examples of work from our lab, including immersive visualizations of arterial blood flow and of medical imaging.

Speaker Bio: Andy van Dam is Thomas J. Watson, Jr., University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science at Brown University where he has been since 1965. He co-founded the Department of Computer Science in 1978 and was its first chairman. His principal research interests are in computer graphics, computer-based education, and hypertext and electronic books. In 1967 he co-founded ACM SICGRAPH, the predecessor to SIGGRAPH. He has authored or co-authored some 90+ papers and 11 books, including the well-known reference work: "Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice" (with J. Foley, S. Feiner and J. Hughes), Addison-Wesley (1990). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has honorary doctorates from Darmstadt Technical University and Swarthmore College. He is a fellow of the ACM and the IEEE. Among his other awards are the SIGGRAPH Steven A. Coons Award, the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal, the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education, the CRA Distinguished Service award for 2002 and the Brown University Sheridan Teaching award. He is on the technical advisory board of Microsoft Research and multiple startups, and was a founder of Electronic Book Technologies, Inc.

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