Concurrent Activities

August 3, 2016

Visualization Tours

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM


Envision Center Tour

The Envision Center is a service laboratory specializing in scientific visualization, virtual reality simulations, multimedia production and human computer interaction research. A subgroup within Purdue’s Research Computing, the Envision Center provides novel solutions to effectively communicate complex research concepts using advanced visualization equipment, multimodal interaction and state of the art high performance computation. The center is equipped with a VR FLEX™ theater for immersive visualizations and portable solutions using commercial Head Mounted Displays and Mobile platforms.

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VACCINE Center Tour

Established in July of 2009, the Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments Center (VACCINE), is the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center of Excellence in Visual and Data Analytics. The amount of information gathered during a crisis can be crushing if not managed correctly. Visualization is critical to the protection and security of America and her allies. In the event of a catastrophe such as a chemical spill, natural disaster, disease outbreak or a terrorist attack, information will be coming from many sources, such as camera images, data from sensors and simulations, and text documents from police and health-care agencies.​ VACCINE’s mission continues to focus on creating methods, tools, and applications to analyze and manage vast amounts of information for all mission areas of homeland security in the most efficient manner.

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Hands-on Sessions

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM


ParaView (Personal Laptop Required)

Stewart Center Room 278

Download: Version 5.0.1

Overview: Introduction to Scientific Visualization Using ParaView. Participants will get an introduction to scientific visualization featuring ParaView. ParaView is an open source, multi-platform visualization tool that allows visualization of a broad range of data from simple (point cloud data) to complex (raw, unstructured data). The workshop will explore ParaView functions, features and commonly used visualization techniques. 


Sensing for Visualization: A Wiring and Processing workshop to read and visualize data

KNOY Hall  Room 314

(Personal computer is optional for this session)
This workshop will be held in a computer lab with the software pre-installed.

Overview: Sensing for Visualization is an introduction to analog sensors and interactive graphics visualization. It includes circuit designs and programs to get started capturing data from the outside world. Reading data from our environment can be useful to create sensible interfaces that respond to our presence.

The analog sensors covered in this workshop will be: photocell, potentiometer, switch and accelerometer. This sensors respond to light variations, touch, movement and orientation. Using inexpensive microcontrollers (Wiring/Arduino), electronic components and open software, you can prototype circuits to read meaningful data from the environment.


Building Visualization Competencies

Stewart Center Room 206