About our research group


Our research involves data visualization,computer graphics, and human-computer interaction. Current projects include visualization of time-varying (motion) data, large-scale data visualization, perceptually optimized visualization, 3D user interfaces, haptics, and pen and multi-touch input techniques. Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, grants from industry, and the University of Minnesota.

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Our research group includes about 10 undergraduate and graduate students. Our lab in 2-203 Keller Hall is equipped with high-end graphics workstations that drive a series of innovative visual displays and interactive devices. Major equipment includes a Multi-Surface, Multi-Touch Virtual Reality Environment and a 3D Haptic (Force-Feedback) Display. We also work regularly with the visualization facilities at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

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Education & Outreach

Academic presentations, teaching at the University of Minnesota, and reaching out to the local community are all important ways that we disseminate the results of our research. Many of our academic talks are available online. At the U, there are many great ways for students to get involved. And, in the local community, we work with K-12 schools and organizations, such as the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Fair.

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August 2013: Congratulations to the IV/LAB for receiving a new three-year grant co-funded by the NSF and NIH. The project is titled, "BIGDATA: Coupling Data-Intensive Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization with Human Facilities for Design: Applications to Next-Generation Medical Device Prototyping". Professor Keefe is the PI with Co-PI's Art Erdman (Director, University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center) and Birali Runesha (Director of Research Computing, University of Chicago).

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Mobile VR for Managing Persistent Pain

August 2013: David Schroeder, Fedor Korsakov, and Daniel Keefe are featured in the IEEE Life Sciences blog. The article is free to read for a limited time.

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Two IV/LAB Papers to Appear at Vis 2013

July 2013: Papers by Dane Coffey and Bret Jackson have been accepted to appear at the IEEE Visualization conference.

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