Interdisciplinary Scientific Visualization


 Tu/Th 10-12
David Laidlaw, Fritz Drury, and Dan Keefe
Fall 2002

We will explore the visual and human-computer interaction design process for scientific applications in immersive virtual reality. This course will be cross listed at Brown and RISD and co-taught by David Laidlaw from Brown Computer Science and Fritz Drury from RISD Illustration. Dan Keefe, developer of CavePainting, will TA. Computer science students and students from other scientific areas will learn how to work effectively with each other as well as with artists and designers in creating applications in 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. 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.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructors.

The proceedings from previous classes: 2000 , 1999.

A Writing and Rhetoric Fellow, Claire Grace, will help with developing writing and presentation skills.

Check out the IEEE Vis 99 and IEEE Vis 2000 web pages.
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