We will explore the visual and human-computer interaction design process for scientific applications in immersive virtual reality.
Computer science students will learn how to work effectively with each other as well as with artists and designers in creating applications targeting Brown's Cave. A Cave is an eight foot cube whose floor and walls are covered with displays which we will use to create interactive 3D virtual environments.
Brown CS Visualization
course will be cross listed at Brown and RISD and co-taught by David
Laidlaw from Brown Computer Science, Fritz Drury from RISD
Illustration, and Sharon Swartz
from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Daniel
Acevedo and Daniel Keefe will TA.
Artists and designers will learn to interact with scientists in designing and realizing applications in this new medium. We will study the process of design from several perspectives; learn about some specific scientific problems; study existing applications of scientific visualization and virtual reality; explore the medium of the Cave; create designs for the scientific applications; critique, evaluate, realize, and iterate the designs; and culminate with a demonstration of final projects.