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CAVE2 Virtual Environment (Image 9)


Simulation in the CAVE2 system, a next-generation, large-scale, virtual environment

The CAVE2™ system is a next-generation, large-scale, virtual environment--a room in which images are seamlessly displayed so as to immerse an observer in a cyber world of 3-D data. When an architectural firm approached the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), located at the University of Illinois at Chicago, about using the CAVE2 system technology to show clients what a hospital floor might look like so they could approve designs, EVL research assistant and computer science Ph.D. candidate Sangyoon (James) Lee complied. Lee mocked up a scenario using a 3-D model of a nurses' station and patient rooms, which were made available on the Web. Here, two observers virtually walk the hospital corridor and enter rooms. EVL OmegaLib software was used to display the 3-D model in the CAVE2 system.

This research is supported by a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The award, "MRI-R2: Development of the Next-generation CAVE Virtual Environment (NG-CAVE)" (grant CNS 09-59053), is under the direction of Andrew E. Johnson, Jason Leigh, Maxine D. Brown and Tom Peterka, May 2010 to April 2013.

You can learn more about research in the CAVE2 system in NSF press release 12-228, State-of-the-Art Virtual Reality System Is Key to Medical Discovery. Or visit the EVL website Here. (Date of Image: 2012) [Image 9 of 17 related images. See Image 10.]

Credit: Photo by Lance Long; courtesy Electronic Visualization Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago
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