Visualisation is the process of applying advanced computing techniques to data in order to provide insight into the underlying structures, relationships, and processes. As such, visualisationÂ finds applications across a wide range of disciplines especially those with datasets that are large or contain complicated relationships.
While visualisation may employ other senses such as hearing (signification) and touch (haptics), the predominant means of communicating with the human brain is through the sense of sight. The resulting visual outcomes can be employed for a range of purposes, sometime they are only applicable to the researcher and their peers, but often they can be used to convey and inform a wider audience.
Using the definition that the goal is to provide insight, the application of visualisation is broad. While there is a tendency to associate it with the big data science problems in astronomy and geoscience, the application extends into many areas employing 2D and 3D imaging as well as to the humanities.
Applying visualisation techniques to difficult datasets can require specialist hardware, which can include high end graphics cards for handling large datasets in real-time, novel display technologies to fully exploit the human visual system, and user interface devices to facilitate the interaction. iVEC has invested in the following technologies in support of visualisation, they are based across the iVEC partners but may be freely used by a researcher at any of the partners sites.
- Stereoscopic 3D displays
- Immersive hemispherical displays
- High resolution displays
- High performance graphics workstations
- Spherical display
- Specialist still capture cameras
- Specialist video cameras
- 3D capture technology
- User interface and tracking systems
- Commercial licenses for a high end visualisation software packages.
Access for iVEC Partners
iVEC visualisation equipment can be booked and in some cases borrowed via the various iVEC facilities. Email the helpdesk to be put in contact with the necessary staff.
All industry/government enquiries should be directed to the iVEC Industry and Government Uptake Leader.