About the UITS Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL)
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- Distributed systems
- Centralized (reservable) facilities
- Consulting services
- Training opportunities and learning resources
- Request a tour or demonstration
- Acknowledge use of AVL systems and support
The UITS Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) promotes and supports the innovative application of visual technologies to enhance research, education, creative activity, and community outreach missions of Indiana University. AVL systems and services are provided as an integrated resource by the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology (OVPIT) through the Research Technologies division of UITS and are available at no direct cost for routine use, testing, and demonstration by qualified IU students, faculty, and staff. The majority of AVL technologies are installed in a range of accessible campus spaces, such as lobbies, workspaces, and Student Technology Centers (STCs); additional and more experimental technologies are accessible in centrally located AVL spaces, such as the NEXT Labs at IU Bloomington and IUPUI. The AVL also provides expert consulting services, training opportunities, and learning resources related to visualization.
AVL distributed systems include:
- Large-format, ultra-resolution displays for visualization and collaboration:
- Virtual reality classrooms and laboratories for teaching and individual exploration:
Centralized (reservable) facilities
The AVL provides the university's most advanced visualization systems in its NEXT Labs at IUB (IC 105) and IUPUI (IT 403). Resources available in NEXT Labs or in special installations include:
- Reconfigurable IQ-Wall: A large-format, ultra-resolution display (also known as the ConCAVE) with eight columns of four monitors that can be reconfigured for innovative experimental or production visualization and collaboration
- Experimental virtual and augmented reality systems: A suite of cutting-edge VR and AR technologies, including the PIPES (Programmable Immersive Peripheral Environmental System) mixed reality interface system, wireless VIVE Pro headsets, and the Reality Stage
- Advanced media devices: A suite of prosumer devices for producing 3D videos and capturing ultra-resolution panoramic images
- Science on a Sphere: A spherical display for presenting scientific and informational visualizations, and creating dynamic visual experiences
- IQ-Tables: 65-inch multi-touch monitors that can be reconfigured into table, drafting table, or landscape mode for exhibitions and multi-user engagement
The AVL offers short-term and extended consulting services for IU educators, creative artists, and researchers seeking to use advanced visualization technologies to improve the quality of teaching and learning, expand the boundaries of art, and find solutions to difficult problems hidden within massive sets of data.
Scientific visualization (SciVis) consultations can help scientists understand, illustrate, and extract insight from their data. SciVis data typically have a physical structure with explicit spatial and/or temporal coordinates (for example, molecular structures, anatomical scans, astronomical simulations, and engineering simulations).
Information visualization (InfoVis) consultations can help researchers understand, illustrate, and extract insight from data that have no natural spatial coordinates using a variety of novel 2D, 3D, and temporal representations.
The AVL also offers consultations on the following:
- Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality
- Spatial tracking and scanning
- Advanced media techniques
- Visualization and graphics software
- Advanced hardware systems
To view representative AVL projects, see AVL Showcase.
To schedule a consultation, contact the AVL .
Training opportunities and learning resources
AVL training opportunities and online learning resources are available to everyone; for more, see:
Request a tour or demonstration
The primary purpose of AVL facility demonstrations is to promote new uses of AVL facilities by the members of the IU community. IU faculty, students, and staff with specific visualization, mixed reality, or advance media projects or interests may contact the AVL to arrange a tour.