CAES Immersive Visualization Applications at Idaho Falls

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – 09:00Friday, July 22, 2011 – 17:00

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) is pleased to announce an exciting 2.5 day summer course on immersive environments and visualization. CAES is home to a new Mechdyne Flex, a four-sided Cave automatic virtual environment (CAVETM), and smaller low-cost immersive environments known as IQ-stations. Empowered by these tools, scientists, engineers and researchers in all disciplines can experience the world of scientific visualization to explore, analyze and discover. Whether it’s walking or flying through computer aided drawings, simulation data, or sensor data, immersive environments allow the researcher to naturally interact with their data in real time. This new course introduces research scientists and engineers to the analytical power of immersive visualization. Led by world-renowned experts Bill Sherman of Indiana University and Patrick O’Leary of WestGrid / Compute Canada, this course focuses on immersive applications including multi-dimensional data analysis, engineering and architectural usability studies, complex system design, and human factors analyses. Course examples will utilize open-source applications and cutting-edge applications developed by the Idaho National Laboratory including its Advanced Test Reactor – a 250MW research reactor.

Course modules include:
• Overview of CAES and the Advanced Visualization Laboratory
• Introduction to Immersive Visualization
• Benefits of Immersive Visualization
• Building a Low-Cost Immersive Environment (IQ-Stations)
• Exploring Data Using Open-Source Applications
• Hands-on Development with the Student’s Own Data
• Lunchtime Presentation on 3-D Human Computer Interaction
This course is an ideal introduction to immersive visualization and welcomes students, scientists, engineers and researchers. Modules include lectures and hands-on experience. Students who wish to work with their own datasets may arrange to do so before 15 June 2011.

The course will be offered 20-22 July 2011 at CAES in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Sessions will end by noon on 22 July to facilitate travel arrangements or allow participants time to explore and enjoy nearby attractions. Idaho Falls is located in the high country of southeastern Idaho, 110 miles from both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, 90 miles from Craters of the Moon National Monument, and only 70 miles from world-class fly-fishing at Henry’s Fork.

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