Interactive Visualization Lab

Our Mission

To invent and creatively employ new computer tools for the benefit of society without regard for present-day constraints. We create and utilize interactive computer graphics, data-processing algorithms, and radical new computer input-output technologies to address challenging problems in data understanding, digital design, and art. We work in an interdisciplinary, collegial, collaborative atmosphere, where outstanding students partner with faculty to conduct research integrated with education.

Our vision is a world where all human-computer interactions are created mindfully and where these interactions fundamentally make people better. To contribute to this vision, we aim to be a leading, internationally recognized academic resource for generating and disseminating new knowledge, specifically new understandings of the complex and interconected relationship between humans and computers.

About our research group


Our research centers on data visualization, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction. Current projects include visualization of large-scale time-varying data, 3D modeling in virtual reality, and creativity-support tools for complex design tasks. We are committed to reproducable science. In addition to traditional publications and presentations, we also release all of the software we develop to the academic community via open source projects. Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, the University of Minnesota, and industry partners.

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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 4-wall CAVE Virtual Reality display; 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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Professor Keefe Recognized with Guillermo E. Borja Award

May 2014: The Guillermo E. Borja award is given to promising young faculty members of the College of Science and Engineering at the time of promotion with tenure in recognition of their research and scholarly accomplishments during their probationary period as assistant professors. The award comes with $3500 to use for scholarly and research activities.

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Best Paper Award - IEEE VIS 2013

November 2013: Congratulations to Dane Coffey and co-authors who recieved a Best Paper Award (Honorable Mention) at the prestigious IEEE VIS 2013 conference for their paper, "Design by Dragging".

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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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