Visualization Centre combines science and entertainment
The world leading visualization research unit at LiU Norrköping is behind the high profile launch of Visualization Centre C and northern Europe's most modern dome theatre. The inauguration takes place on May 27, with the king present to open the centre.
The centre is the first of its kind anywhere in the world where research, education, artistic creation and entertainment will run in parallel.
Three houses in the area of Kopparhammaren in Norrköping have been transformed into a fascinating mix of 3600 square metres of science and entertainment with exhibition venues, conference centre and shop. The centre will be open to the public six days a week and is expected to attract visitors from around the world.
The big dome theatre is set to become the public heart of the centre, measuring 14 metres in diameter. It is a 3D theatre where the audience, surrounded by sounds and images, will be taken on adventures in macro and micro cosmos, in externally and internally produced dome films.
But perhaps more important than that is the researchers’ opportunities to visualize their own research and reach a deeper understanding, for example through the climate visualizations that have been produced so far.
The first film to be shown in the dome theatre is a dizzying journey through billions of light years. It is created by Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization for production and education at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York but also honorary doctor at Linköping University since 2006.
The Visualization Centre C will also include research and development laboratories, thereby contributing to strengthening a research field where LiU is already a strong contender.
That all this exists is much thanks to Anders Ynnerman, who a decade ago was recruited to be LiU’s first professor of scientific visualization. He started the undergraduate training programme Media Technology and initiated Norrköping’s Visualization and Interaction Studio (NVIS).
Today there are several different research groups within the department Visual Information Technology and Applications (VITA): scientific visualization, information and geo visualization, computer graphics and virtual reality and visual learning and communication.
The Centre for Medical Image Science (CMIV) is also at LiU It opened in 2002 with Anders Persson as director, and has impressed the whole world, with among other things their virtual autopsies.
Last updated: 2010-08-24