In this class we will experiment with and learn about design as it applies to scientific applications in virtual reality.
Goals for the class:
At the end of CS137, students will also have had experience with:
The course will be organized around designing interactive visual solutions for exploring 3D fluid flow datasets. We will work with collaborators in Computer Science, Illustration, Bioengineering, and Applied Math in this design process.
We will learn about the scientific problem as well as about the interaction and visualization challenges that arise when addressing the scientific issues. We will learn about our "medium:" immersive virtual reality -- 3D computer graphics in an 8x8x8 foot cube of display screens. We will learn about design by designing visualization solutions to sub-problems of the larger problem. We will learn about communication by presenting and evaluating our designs based on the scientific needs. We will learn about evaluating our work by doing expert and group crits, by getting formal and informal feedback from users, and by doing reviews with one another. Finally, we will learn about some of the larger design issues by aggregating solutions to sub-problems into larger, more complete solutions.
Each student, sometimes alone and sometimes in a small group, will design and/or realize several visualization approaches during the semester culminating in a final project. During the semester we will also read about related design and scientific visualization work to put our work in context. See the class outline and class by class schedule for more details.
Readings will be copied and handed out or made available via the course readings/assignments web page.
The class will meet in two places.