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Generating interest in science and technology using stereoscopic 3D videos

3D computer graphics, live video, and computer simulations show how the TeraGrid has been used in diverse ways such as modeling galaxy formation and in weather forecasting.

This highlight was enabled by:

  • Albert William, Advanced Visualization Lab, UITS Research Technologies
  • National Science Foundation funded TeraGrid Educational Outreach and Training Program

The Advanced Visualization Lab created stereoscopic videos entitled “Leading the Way into the Future”, and “A Universe of Questions” that teach people about the benefits of using the TeraGrid for intensive scientific computational problems.  3D computer graphics, live video, and computer simulations were utilized to show how the TeraGrid has been used in diverse ways such as modeling galaxy formation and in weather forecasting.

The benefit and impact has already been felt across the United States.  These movies have been used at many high impact science fairs and have been seen by thousands of people. The movies are presented in a variety of stereoscopic formats that can be viewed in any of number of settings, from 4K projection, to 3D TVs. Recently, “A Universe of Questions” won “The Best of the Fest” award at the 3D Film and Music Fest.

The productions were led by staff from the Indiana University Advanced Visualization Lab with contribtuions from scientists and students from across the country.  A website was developed that allows anyone access to the stereoscopic or mono versions of these movies.

NSF GSS Codes:
Primary Field:  Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary Studies (980) - Science, Technology and Society
Secondary Field:  Communication (930) - Digital Communicaiton and Media/Multimedia