The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is an internationally renowned interdisciplinary research laboratory whose mission is to enable scientific and engineering discoveries by designing and developing high-performance visualization, virtual reality, and collaboration systems using advanced networking infrastructure. Established in 1973 as a joint effort of the UIC College of Engineering and School of Art and Design, EVL is the oldest formal collaboration between engineering and art in the U.S.
EVL has always looked 10-15 years into the future, and has a legacy of past successes. In the ’70s, the Lab pioneered real-time interactive graphics and videogame technology; in the ’80s, it began focusing on scientific visualization; in the ’90s, it focused on advanced virtual reality, and on high-speed networking infrastructure; and, in the ’00s, on accessing, sharing and displaying ultra-high-resolution images on tiled display walls. EVL’s best-known inventions include the CAVE™ virtual-reality environment, the ImmersaDesk™, OptIPortal, and the SAGE™ scalable adaptive graphics environment; EVL’s key networking initiative is StarLight.
In the ’10s, EVL is building on its decades of experience to create new hardware and software technologies, notably the CAVE2™ hybrid-reality environment and the SAGE2™ scalable amplified group environment, and with the addition of new faculty, is expanding the breadth and depth of its expertise in scientific visualization, information visualization and visual analytics.
From EVL’s early collaborations with artists to today’s global collaborations with computational scientists and application scientists in academia, government and industry, EVL has had many successes developing, nurturing and growing user communities. To fulfill its mission of enabling scientific discovery, EVL faculty, staff and students form interdisciplinary teams of computer scientists, application scientists and artists in order to create useful and usable visualization and virtual-reality tools and techniques connected to remote data stores and distant colleagues via high-speed networks.
EVL maintains a distinguished publication record, with students, faculty and staff publishing in major journals and conferences worldwide.
Major funding to EVL is provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, National Institutes of Health, the State of Illinois, Pacific Interface on behalf of NTT Optical Network Systems Laboratory in Japan, and from industrial partners and research institutions worldwide.
EVL is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF), awards ACI-1441963, CBET-1250171, CNS-1456638, IIS-0952720, IIS-1445751, OCI-0962997, and OIA-1028162; the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), award WF911NF-14-1-0395; the National Institutes of Health (NIH), award R01EB020395; NASA, award NNX14AC01G; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), award H133E120010; National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), award 1R01NR012949-01; and the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), award 2013-67015-21231. EVL also receives funding from Argonne National Laboratory, the State of Illinois, and Pacific Interface on behalf of NTT Network Innovation Laboratories in Japan.
National Science Foundation
ACI-1441963: SAGE2 (Brown, PI of subaward to UIC)
CBET-1250171: CDS&E: Data Management and Visualization in Petascale Turbulent Combustion Simulation (Marai, PI of subaward to UIC)
IIS-1445751: EAGER: Collaborative Research: Articulate: Augmenting Data Visualization With Natural Language Interaction (DiEugenio, PI; Johnson, co-PI)
OCI-0962997: TransLight/StarLight 2 International Networking (Brown, PI of subaward to UIC)
OIA-1028162: CDI-Type II: Understanding the Universe through Scalable Navigation of a Galaxy of Annotations (Marai, PI of subaward to UIC)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
WF911NF-14-1-0395: REACH: Reading and Assembling Contextual and Holistic Big Mechanisms (Forbes, PI of subaward to UIC)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
R01EB020395: Enhancing Nurse Effectiveness via Augmented Communication Tools: (Forbes, PI of subaward to UIC)
NNX14AC01G: SIMPLE: Sub-ice Investigation of Marine and PLanetary-analog Ecosystems (Johnson, PI of subaward to UIC)
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
H133E120010: Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury for Reintegration into Society (Kenyon, PI of subaward to UIC)
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
1R01NR012949-01: Describing, Contrasting, and Visualizing End-of-Life Care in the 21st Century (Johnson, co-PI)
USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
2013-67015-21231: iAnimal: Cyberinfrastructure Enabling Animal Breeding, Genetics, And Genomics (Forbes, PI of subaward to UIC)
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