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Visualization

A 34.5-million, touch-enabled, high resolution display wall designed to provide researchers with significant visual real estate for working with digital information

Who can access the Visualization Studio?

The Visualization Studio is designed for use by faculty, graduate students and other collaborators. University of Calgary faculty may book the Visualization Studio for up to seven consecutive days.

Specifications

  • Display wall measuring 4.88 metres by 1.85 metres (195 inches by 73 inches) with a resolution of 9600x3600 (34.5 million) pixels
  • The display is rear-projected; a composite 5x3 arrangement of 15 projectors
  • Almost invisible seams of less than 2 millimetres between projector screens
  • Display is supported by a Boxx 8950 server featuring two Intel Xeon E5-2687 3.1 GHz processors providing ample processing power and 64GB RAM, running Windows 7 & 10
  • High-quality 7.1 Dolby surround sound

Where is it located?

TFDL 466b

Hours

Monday to Friday 9:00AM to 7:00PM

Saturday & Sunday 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Students working on the Virtual Human project

Virtual Human Project

Christian Jacob, director of the LINDSAY Virtual Human project, describes his plans for using the visualization studio: "The large display wall will provide exceptional ways to look at thousands of anatomical parts, structures and 3D scan data. We can seamlessly merge high-resolution mesh data with our physiology simulations, which can then be discussed among team members, medical students or in group settings in the Vis Studio."

Examination of High Resolution Imagery

One of the strengths of the Visualization Studio is the display wall’s ability to work with high resolution imagery. Murray McGillivray, Professor of English, has made use of these capabilities for examining the high resolution manuscript images from the Cotton Nero A.x. Project. Not only was Professor McGillivray able to view these entire images at full resolution, he was further able to make use of photo manipulation software to adjust their contrast and other properties to explore image detail not normally visible.

Murray McGillivray with high resolution manuscript
Rows of data on visualization wall

Data Analysis

The Visualization Studio supports a wide variety of statistical analysis and visual analytics software, including Excel, SPSS, SAS*, STATA*, and Tableau*. Jenny Godley, Assistant Professor in Sociology, found the room very useful for analyzing study data. The ability to view more than fifty columns of data across the display wall facilitates the discovery of trends and correlations more easily and more quickly than is possible on the limited width of a traditional desktop monitor. Furthermore, the Studio’s proximity to Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SANDS) means users can benefit from nearby expertise in GIS and statistical software as well as additional sources of data.

Exploring Multi-Display Interfaces

Several computer science and engineering groups have been actively using the Visualization Studio to develop and explore new interface and software possibilities. Frank Maurer, Professor in Computer Science states, "The Vis Studio allows my team to prototype multi-surface systems with our industrial partners to interact with vast amounts of data to support teams in oil and gas exploration, network monitoring and resource infrastructure planning. The Studio is an essential environment for dealing with the 'big data' challenges of the future."

Murray McGillivray with high resolution manuscript
John Brosz

John Brosz

Research Data & Visualization Coordinator