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CAVE2 Virtual Environment (Image 14)

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. Here, Vaibhav Govilkar, a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) and computer science graduate student, stands inside virtual train tracks in the CAVE2 system to observe distortion as high-speed trains roar past. This visualization of fundamental dynamics phenomena related to high-speed rail operations was done in collaboration with the National University Rail (NURail) Center. NURail is a consortium consisting of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UIC, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan Tech University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Understanding track structure movements, liquid sloshing and wheel/rail contact locations are among several transportation research areas that require sophisticated virtual reality tools like the CAVE2 system. 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 14 of 17 related images. Back to Image 15.]

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