The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), established in 1973, is an interdisciplinary graduate research laboratory that combines computer science and art, specializing in advanced visualization and networking technologies.
Originally, a joint effort of UIC's College of Engineering and The School of Art & Design, EVL represents the oldest formal collaboration between engineering and art in the country. Currently, computer science graduates can receive MS or PhD degrees in electronic visualization.
EVL’s research in advanced visualization and networking techniques and technologies includes: distributed computing/visualization, collaborative software, development of viable, scalable, deployable visualization instrumentation, and management of next-generation advanced networking initiatives.
Globally noted for its invention of CAVE™ virtual reality theater (1991), EVL has continued the tradition of designing and deploying visualization and networking instruments to support collaboration among co-located and remote experts requiring interactive ultra-high-resolution and stereoscopic imagery. Among EVL’s developed display technologies are: ImmersaDesk™, PARIS™, GeoWall, Geowall2, Varrier, LambdaVision, LambdaTable, TacTile, Cyber-Commons, and the CAVE2.
Concurrent with EVL's research and development of visualization technologies has been the advancement of tools and techniques for collaborative work over high-speed, experimental networks. From earlier tele-immersion experiments supported by Quanta and CAVERNsoft software toolkits, to SAGE: Scalable Adaptive Graphics Environment, and SAGENext, EVL has collaborated with application scientists to develop tools to facilitate visualization and shared applications over advanced optical networks.
EVL maintains a distinguished publication record, with students, faculty and staff publishing in major journals and conferences worldwide.
EVL receives major funding from the National Science Foundation, as well as through the US Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Air Force, the State of Illinois, Pacific Interface on behalf of NTT Optical Network Systems Laboratory in Japan, Monsanto, Sharp Laboratories, as well as other industrial partners and research institutions worldwide.