The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) is the main support unit for visualization-related activities at Indiana University. The Lab seeks collaboration with University faculty, staff, and students to deliver more engaging and impactful application of advanced visualization technologies in research, education, creative activity, and community outreach. AVL promotes, maintains, and provides open access to a variety of advanced hardware and software resources and offers a range of consulting and development services utilizing staff expertise that spans a variety of areas related to visualization. AVL delivers services through three functional groups: the Visualization Displays and Systems team, the Scalable Visualization and Virtual Reality team, and the Advanced Digital Arts and Media team.
* The Visualization Displays and Systems team designs, deploys, and maintains a variety of advanced visualization displays, compute systems, interface devices, and data acquisition systems. This team implements Research Technology’s vision of a tiered visual cyberinfrastructure at IU with a combination of a few centralized, high-end systems per campus and a larger number of mid-range systems distributed across departments and buildings to complement ubiquitous desktop workstations and grid-based visualization workflows.
* The Scalable Visualization and Virtual Reality team provides expertise in a range of software-based visual techniques, including scientific visualization, information visualization, interactive virtual reality environments, visual simulation, and 3D modeling and rendering techniques. The team develops scalable, sustainable, and repeatable workflows using a combination of visualization hardware, open standards, open source and commercial software, and custom software extensions. The team partners with local and national groups to expand services, leverage cyberinfrastructure, and to advance open community projects.
* The Advanced Digital Arts and Media team embodies IU’s long and successful history of supporting the innovative use of advanced IT in creative endeavors. For the arts, the team uses a range of hardware and software to develop custom displays, sensor systems, and interactive interfaces to help realize the artists’ creative visions. For advanced media forms, the team proactively explores new technologies, prototypes workflows, provides hardware resources, and educates users. The team partners with key university departments and initiatives, including the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, the School of Fine Arts and the Telecommunications Department at IUB, the Media Arts and Sciences program at IUPUI, and the IU Cinema.