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Workshop: Sci-Vis on the web using VTK.js

As part of the weekly Scientific Visualization Workshop series, Bill Sherman of the IU Advanced Visualization lab will present “Sci-Vis on the Web Using VTK.js” on Wednesday, November 28 from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in Luddy Hall’s Visualization Lab (4012). The series aims to provide faculty, researchers, and students with an overview of a variety of visualization techniques and software, along with examples of their application in different research areas. For Professor of Astronomy Enrico Vesperini, the clear, well-organized presentations have helped “identify the best path to follow to produce advanced visualizations both for research and outreach purposes.” Kevin Russell of the Indiana Geological & Water Survey credits the series with “helping build bridges between his knowledge of his data and what scientific visualizations are possible with current and emerging 21st technology.”

Sherman’s workshop on Wednesday focuses on the basics of how the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) works, and on how to use it to process scientific data into useful imagery. Sherman will also demonstrate how VTK.js fits into standard web protocols to create interactive online tools. Nicholas Cifelli of NSWC Crane reports that the workshop offers “insight into some of the latest tools for advanced visualization of data,” and “is feeding into the decisions of what technologies to further investigate."

Though the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) has been around for 20 years, it is continually maintained and upgraded to work with modern computer graphics hardware. Participants will learn about the VTK library of algorithms, explore how to create web-based visualizations, and inform and inspire researchers to use visualization to help teams explore and communicate their ideas.

Find more information about this workshop and videos of others in the series here.