University of Hawai’i Data Visualization Expert to Build Top System

Jason Leigh, UHM “CyberCANOE” PI, is shown with co-PIs David Garmire, UHM Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Chris Lee, the UH System’s Academy for Creative Media (ACM) founder and director. - UH News

Participants: Jason Leigh

Thanks to a major research infrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of Hawai’i (UH) will be home to one of the best data visualization systems in the United States. The award to Jason Leigh, a Computer and Information Science Professor and Founder and Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM), is to build a state-of-the-art data visualization and virtual-reality system across 10 Hawai’i campuses. Leigh got his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and is a Director Emeritus of the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL).

NSF provided $600,000 and UH added $257,000 for a total of $857,000 to develop the CyberCANOE, which stands for Cyber-enabled Collaboration Analysis Navigation and Observation Environment. The CyberCANOE is a visualization and collaboration infrastructure that will enable students and researchers to work together more effectively using large amounts of data and information.

The new CyberCANOE, which is expected to be built in about three years, will enable Leigh’s visualization laboratory to provide scientific communities with highly integrated, visually rich collaboration environments; to work with industry to facilitate the creation of new technologies for the advancement of science and engineering; and, to continue ongoing partnerships with many of the world’s best scientists in academia and industry. With the CyberCANOE, the lab will also support the country’s leadership position in high-performance computing and in contributing advancements to complex global issues, such as the environment, health and the economy.

To learn more, see the UH News article, “University of Hawai’i Data Visualization Expert to Build Top System”, published December 16, 2015.

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Date: December 22, 2015

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