The Scientific Visualization Laboratory at Georgia Tech is operated by the Educational Technologies Directorate of the Office of Information Technology. It is interdisciplinary and open to all researchers and educators at Georgia Tech. The lab is physically located in the GVU Center within the College of Computing (Room 259).

The purpose of the Scientific Visualization laboratory (a.k.a. "The SciVis Lab") is to provide cutting-edge tools and techniques for analyzing and visualizing complex scientific data. With the powerful graphics workstations and other equipment in the lab, researchers are able to view results using high resolution, true color graphics, three-dimensional solid modeling, even animation.

With all these means of displaying information, researchers have the capability to comprehend visual patterns and dynamical relationships of great complexity, providing them with profoundly useful tools for analyzing and understanding scientific data. We expect that in developing their methods of scientific visualization, users will not only employ currently available modeling, design, and display software, but will also forge new types of visualization methods that will be especially suited to their data. The staff and facilities of the Scientific Visualization Lab are committed to this enterprise.

The facilities are available without charge to all faculty and students engaged in scientific or engineering research or the development of material for use in the classroom.

The lab has several graphics workstations, servers with over 50 GB of disk space, a color laser printer and other peripherals. These are listed in the Hardware section. A detailed listing of Software in the lab is also available. The SGI and Sun workstations in the GVU Center are accessible with the same account and password used in the SciVis Lab and may be used by SciVis Lab users when available.

It is our desire that the Scientific Visualization Lab exhibit an open and interactive environment where the users feel free to ask each other questions, and to share experiences and software. We will do our part to develop this environment by building libraries of software and providing some expertise (or telling you where you can get it). This environment may foster full-scale collaborative efforts that wed different disciplines in the solution of visualization problems. Such efforts are already underway by working with computer graphics faculty on selected scientific visualization problems and through collaborations with other University System of Georgia Colleges. With the rapid growth in computer graphics faculty and the academic program in computer graphics and visualization in the GVU Center, the potential for further collaboration in this area is great.

Contact Information:

Scientific Visualization Laboratory
Educational Technologies Directorate/OIT
Georgia Institute of Technology
801 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332-0710
404-894-6866 (phone)

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