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Consulting Services

The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) at Indiana University offers a variety of services related to visualization, interaction, and advanced media production. In addition to providing access and training to visualization, interaction, and advanced media hardware and software resources, AVL staff can help you optimize the use of your current visualization, interaction, or media-related software workflow, or identify a better application or suite of tools for your needs. The AVL can assist with data preparation and translation tasks. If no available applications meet the visualization, interaction, or advanced media needs of a specific project, the AVL offers limited custom software development. AVL staff can help assess if and how visualization, interaction, or advanced media can aid or enhance proposals for funding. To maximize the potential of AVL contributions, potential collaborators are encouraged to contact the AVL as early as possible.

Below is a list of select projects, initiatives, and collaborations which demonstrate the diversity and depth of the capabilities, interests, resources, and impact of the Lab.    

To reserve any of the AVL facilities, setup an initial project consultation, discuss a potential engagement activity, or schedule a tour, please contact us.


IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab enables interactive iteration of Places & Spaces: Mapping Science

IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab enables interactive iteration of Places & Spaces: Mapping Science

The staff of from the UITS Advanced Visualization Lab collaborated with the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center to present interactive data visualizations in a multi-touch kiosk. The macroscope kiosk debuted at the David J. Sencer Centers for Disease Control Museum in Atlanta on February 4, 2016.

IU departments team up to create interactive exhibit of Angel Mounds State Historic Site

IU departments team up to create interactive exhibit of Angel Mounds State Historic Site

Through a blend of technology and archaeological studies, two departments at Indiana University are shedding new light on a prehistoric Native American site in Indiana. A collaboration between the Advanced Visualization Lab and the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology produced an interactive exhibit highlighting the Angel Mounds State Historic Site.

Enabling Library Special Collections Enclosures using 3D Digitizing and Automated Box Manufacturing

Enabling Library Special Collections Enclosures using 3D Digitizing and Automated Box Manufacturing

An IU collaboration successfully utilized 3D scanning and modeling techniques in conjunction with automated box-making technology to create a custom enclosure for a fragile wood painting. Traditional automated techniques for building enclosures were not sufficient because the painting exhibited extensive warping. 

AVL Collaborators have a new option for local digital object fabrication

AVL Collaborators have a new option for local digital object fabrication

The Herron School of Art and Design announces the Think IT Make IT Lab. The Lab provides local access to state-of-the-art fabrication equipment. A goal of the Lab is to encourage and enable the local IU community to learn about the process by printing their own designs. When the Lab opens in 2015, IU students, staff, and faculty will be able to use their IUPUI JagTag to pay for the fabrication.

Supporting Fine Arts Classes in Creating VR with Unity

Supporting Fine Arts Classes in Creating VR with Unity

Fine Arts students from Associate Professor Margaret Dolinsky's computer graphics classes showcased their immersive virtual reality environments in the Visualization & Collaboration Theater. The show included diverse and imaginative interactive works from graduate and undergraduate first-time and repeat students enrolled in the class and visitors were able to experience them in full stereo 3D VR.

Supporting the IU Cinema through creation of digital cinema packages of the feature film AMADEUS

Supporting the IU Cinema through creation of digital cinema packages of the feature film AMADEUS

In collaboration with the IU Cinema, staff from IU's Advanced Visualization Lab created DCPs of AMADEUS that could screen in five different languages: English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Dynamical Evolution of Globular Star Clusters

Dynamical Evolution of Globular Star Clusters

The Advanced Visualization Lab worked with IU Department of Astronomy professor Enrico Vesperini to create visualizations of globular star cluster dynamical evolution.

Visualizing Public Key Certificates

Visualizing Public Key Certificates

The Advanced Visualization Lab collaborated with Professor of Informatics L. Jean Camp to create an online tool for visualizing and analyzing a database of public key certificates.

Glenoid Guide for Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Glenoid Guide for Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Staff from the Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) developed a workflow for creating a 3D-printed drilling guide to aid surgeons performing shoulder replacements. The guide restricts the surgeon to a predetermined and precise angle while drilling a required pilot hole.

SC14 HathiTrust Research Center

SC14 HathiTrust Research Center

The Advanced Visualization Lab collaborated with the HathiTrust Research Center to create visualizations for the Science on a Sphere display to be showcased at the Supercomputing 2014 conference. Three visualizations were produced.

Dental 3D Printing

Dental 3D Printing

The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) worked with IU School of Dentistry (IUSD) faculty and researcher Dr. Ahmed Ghoneima to produce physical 3D prototypes of teeth and dental guide caps. AVL created a repeatable workflow including custom scripts for CAD programs, empowering Dr. Ghoneima to produce dozens more teeth and matching caps on his own.

Visualizations of the TOP500 List

Visualizations of the TOP500 List

The Advanced Visualization Lab created both static and interactive visualizations of the TOP500 supercomputer list for IU's Science on a Sphere and PufferSphere displays. The TOP500 visualizations were displayed in the Indiana University booth at the Supercomputing 2014 conference and are available on the Science on a Sphere display in the lobby of the Cyberinfrastructure Building.

Waffle-shaped Nuclear Matter May Lie Deep Inside Neutron Stars

Waffle-shaped Nuclear Matter May Lie Deep Inside Neutron Stars

Molecular dynamics simulations show that nuclear matter about 1,000 meters deep in a neutron star may form waffle-like layers. In simulations performed on IU's Big Red II supercomputer, matter consisting of 30% protons and 70% neutrons formed into perforated plates, dubbed "nuclear waffles," when its density was set to 84 trillion grams per cubic centimeter, and its temperature to 116 billion Kelvin. 

The FIFA 2014 World Cup: Creating an engaging global event experience around the Science On a Sphere

The FIFA 2014 World Cup: Creating an engaging global event experience around the Science On a Sphere

A multidisciplinary team of students, faculty, and staff from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, School of Journalism, and the UITS Advanced Visualization Lab worked together to develop an engaging visual and interactive experience around the 2014 FIFA World Cup for display on Science on a Sphere.

Beyond Science: Digital Arts and Humanities Uses for Science on a Sphere

Beyond Science: Digital Arts and Humanities Uses for Science on a Sphere

The spring 2014 semester saw an upsurge in artistic and humanities-oriented projects that took advantage of the Science-on-a-Sphere in the Cyberinfrastructure Building at IU Bloomington. Hope School of Fine Arts Professor Peter Williams used the Sphere for an assignment based on M.C. Escher, and Information & Library Science Professor John Walsh’s Digital Humanities students leveraged the Sphere to learn about spatial humanities in a global context.

IU-Developed Massive Alternate Reality Game Showcased at 2014 Indy PopCon

IU-Developed Massive Alternate Reality Game Showcased at 2014 Indy PopCon

The School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) faculty, staff, and students collaborated with Advanced Visualization Lab staff to create and showcase the massive multiplayer alternate reality fantasy game Return of Aetheria at the 2014 Indy PopCon entertainment convention. The three-day event was held in the Indiana Convention Center, May 30-June 1.

Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design Spring 2014 Senior Graduation Celebration at the CIB

Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design Spring 2014 Senior Graduation Celebration at the CIB

The Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design (AMID) held its spring 2014 senior graduation celebration in the Cyberinfrastructure Building (CIB) at IU Bloomington. AMID faculty worked with AVL staff to develop media showcasing dozens of AMID student designs and work using the IQ-Wall and Science on a Sphere (SOS) displays.

Supporting IUB Fine Art Classes in Spring 2014

Supporting IUB Fine Art Classes in Spring 2014

Students were provided technical support and tools to help turn their ideas into immersive virtual worlds which could be experienced and explored by others. The students not only learned how to use the provided software but also invaluable techniques for problem solving as well as creating an immersive experience using 3D models, sound and interactivity.

Helping Students Create Digital Cinema Packages Spring 2014

Helping Students Create Digital Cinema Packages Spring 2014

The UITS Advanced Visualization Lab worked with students from the Department of Telecommunications and the Jacobs School of Music to create high quality digital cinema packages (DCPs) for screening in the IU Cinema. These students were guided through various processes and techniques to generate intermediate files suitable for processing into the industry standard DCP format.

Support for IUPUI Informatics Student Capstones Spring 2014

Support for IUPUI Informatics Student Capstones Spring 2014

Capstone topics ranged from virtual reality simulations to interactive games to a stereoscopic movie created with a cutting-edge 3D camera rig. The cutting-edge resources of the AVL provide students a unique opportunity to work with world-class visualization technologies and domain experts. Through this process, the students increase both their technical and interpersonal skills.

Professor Block's Reaching Study

Professor Block's Reaching Study

The AVL collaborated with IU Department of Kinesiology Assistant Professor Hannah J. Block to update a reaching study with new hardware and software. Hardware updates include PQ-Labs multi-touch overlays. Software updates feature the TUIO framework, along with the open-source Mono and MonoDevelop projects, which should help the code remain useful and extensible in the future, even if alternative hardware solutions are used.

Mapping the Winter Olympics with Science On a Sphere

Mapping the Winter Olympics with Science On a Sphere

This dataset was created by students and staff at the Advanced Visualization Lab to highlight the rich history of the Winter Olympic Games. The project explored tools and techniques for creating visualizations of quantitative and qualitative data of interest to all ages. The workflows developed in this project will aid future endeavors to disseminate information using spherical displays like the Science On a Sphere, currently used in more than 100 exhibits all over the world.

N201 3D Modeling Digital Fabrication Project VR Showcase

D201 3D Modeling Digital Fabrication Project VR Showcase

Professor Jon Racek worked with staff from IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) to empower students in his 3D Modeling and Design for Digital Fabrication course (D201) by incorporating the Oculus Rift virtual reality system into the class design toolset.

Making Art Sculptures Talk in Music

Making Art Sculptures Talk in Music

Indiana University Fine Arts Associate Professor Margaret Dolinsky’s sculptures conversed with visitors in a recent Fine Arts Faculty show. In a collaboration with the Advanced Visualization Lab, a musical voice was created that enabled masks to listen to onlookers and engage in a musical conversation modeled after the sound and character of captured speech.

The Digital Scroll

The Digital Scroll: Jack Kerouac's On the Road Manuscript

The Advanced Visualization Lab collaborated with the Lilly Library to create a digital interface to Jack Kerouac’s original On the Road manuscript.

3D Facial Capture

Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

The Advanced Visualization Lab assists the Imaging Core for NIH-funded research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders by providing custom software and support for all domestic and internationally deployed 3D Facial Capture systems. The AVL also processes the resulting data for many of the participating institutions.

Simulated Neutron Star Matter

Visualizing Simulated Neutron Star Matter

Physics professor Charles Horowitz studies extremely dense matter in neutron stars using molecular dynamics simulations. At certain densities, neutrons and protons may condense into strands resembling spaghetti or into sheets resembling lasagna. Discovered properties of nuclear pasta are helping astronomers interpret observational data of neutron stars.

Volume Visualization of Neural Connections

Volume Visualization of Neural Connections

Resesarchers use the Toirt Samhaigh volume rendering tool to visualize the fibrous strands of neural connections in the brain of a fruit fly. This type of immersive visualization can occur on either the Indianapolis or Bloomington campus using one of the AVL's large-format virtual reality displays.

IQ Force User

Haptic Simulation for Dental Education & Training

In collaboration with the IU School of Dentistry, we have explored the broad goal of using haptic simulators for dentistry student training. This work has involved building the IQ-Force, assessing existing software options, and recently writing proposals to build and deploy our own solution for IU as well as the broader haptic simulation community.

Collection Viewer Application

Collection Viewer

Collection Viewer is an application that allows users to explore images and videos using familiar multi-touch gestures. The media elements can be assigned descriptions, sorting definitions, and grouped into collections with no programming. Applications built using this software have been showcased at a number events and locations throughout the US.

HCI at Informatics

Supporting Human-Computer Interaction Efforts within the IU School of Informatics

IU Informatics students regularly visit the Lab as they create exciting interfaces and explore new visualization metaphors. Then, each Fall and Spring semester, graduating students present their projects to the public during an open student showcase.

3D Art

Regular Collaborations with IU Professor Margaret Dolinsky

AVL supports IU Department of Fine Arts' courses in 3D computer graphics using stereoscopic 3D displays. AVL provides facilities and software tools that allow the artits to focus less on the technical complexities and more on the creative aspects of their works. These tools and techniques are frequently applied to interactive exhibits.

3D Video Production

Supporting Stereoscopic Video Production in IU Courses

The AVL supports the teaching of stereoscopic 3D production courses in the Department of Telecommunications. Students borrow and get hands-on experience using the AVL's advanced stereoscopic production rigs.

Stage Lighting

Effect

An instructional tool for stage lighting design. It provides an intuitive graphical interface to a powerful lighting simulation system called Radiance, thereby allowing lighting designers to quickly and accurately see the results of their design choices. Originally developed for the IRIX operating system, Effect has recently been ported to Linux and OS X.

Time Series Analysis

3D-Time Series Analysis of Caries Lesion Activity

The project involves segmenting high-resolution micro CT images, constructing 3D models suitable for interactive visualization, and analyzing 3D and 4D (3D + time) dental images.

SC12 Showcase

Molecular Simulations of the Dynamic Properties of 14-3-3 sigma Proteins

Researchers from IU's Schools of Medicine and Science used IU supercomputers to produce simulations and visualizations of the wild type and mutant forms of the 14-3-3 sigma protein. Using visualization and video tools, the AVL produced a short animation comparing the forms.

STEM 3D Videos

Generating Interest in Science and Technology using Stereoscopic 3D Videos

A 2-year NSF funded project to create 4 sterescopic 3D videos that demonstrate the power and relevance of computational science. Each videos features a different topic, incorporates many forms of stereoscopic media, and can be downloaded or viewed online for free.

Vocal Tract

Bird Vocal Tract Visualization and Analysis

The IU Department of Medical Sciences is researching the shape and volume of bird vocal tracts. AVL staff helped model the 3D volume of the vocal space of the bird based on Xrays and produced a short video of the vocal tract. Scientist could then anaylze the shape and volume of the vocal tract space compared to the sound produced by bird.

Human Avatar Interactions

Visual Analysis of Human-Avatar Interactions

This was a relatively large effort that resulted in the construction a research framework to systematically study and evaluate different aspects of multimodal real-time interactions between humans and virtual agents (such as responsive 3D avatars and robots).

Golden Book

Digital Golden Book

The AVL worked with the IU Office of Veteran Affairs and the Digital Library Program to create a digital replica of IU's "Golden Book". This representation affords visitors the opportunity to interactively flip through pages, something they cannot do with the physical book. Both the digital and original versions are located in IU's Memorial Union.

VR Lighting

Exploring Real-World Lighting Scenarios using Virtual Reality

In collaboration with the IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology, the AVL has developed a simulation tool to study lighting conditions. Design students conduct experiments involving lighting scenarios using the virtual environment.

Nursing Resource Center

IU School of Nursing Training Space Panoramic Images

The Resource Center for Innovation in Clinical Nursing Education (RCICNE) features cutting-edge training spaces for nursing students. The AVL provided ultra-high resolution panoramic images of the space using a GigiPan robot. The images are now on the RCICNE website and offer a detailed look of the spaces.

Bradbury Slides

Ray Bradbury Stereographs

A small collection of stereograph slides taken by Ray Bradbury was received at the Center for Ray Bradbury Stidues at IUPUI. AVL staff scanned and digitally prepared them for viewing and assessment by the CfRBS staff.

Science Map

Illuminated Diagrams 2

The ID2 display adds the flexibility of an interactive program to the high data density of a print. The geospatial map is overlaid with half a million paper records from MEDLINE, aggregated into more than 32,000 cities. The science map was created using more than 7.5 million papers from Thomas Reuters’ Web of Science and Elsevier’s Scopus databases.

Digital Cinema Packages

Creating Digital Cinema Packages for Werner Herzog

The AVL partnered with the IU Cinema to create digital cinema packages of three of Werner Herzog's films which were screened during Herzog's visit to IU in the autumn of 2012. This same workflow has been applied to other films.