Advanced Visualization Laboratory

The Indiana University Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) facilities are provided as an integrated university-wide resource by the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology. The purpose of these facilities is to use advanced visualization technology to enhance the accomplishment of IU's missions in research, education, and creative activities. The facilities are available for use by qualified Indiana University faculty, staff, and students. The AVL offers a variety of technologies, available for demonstration, testing, and routine use, on four campuses, including IUPUI.

IUPUI AVL:IT 4th floor; see IUPUI campus map

The following are available at IUPUI AVL:

  • Virtual Reality Theater: IT 403 is home to a reconfigurable virtual reality theater - the MOVE Lite system from BARCO's Virtual and Augmented Reality Division.  This display is among the highest resolution and brightest 3D projection systems available anywhere.
  • High-Resolution Display Wall: The centerpiece of the UITS Research and Academic Computing Lab (IT 414) is a high-resolution display wall integrated by Fakespace Systems.  With over 15 millions pixels and an advanced video scaling and distributing unit, this display will enable large groups of people to view multiple video input sources, teleconferencing sessions, and/or high resolution advanced visualizations simultaneously.
  • Stereo Wall/3D Scanning: 3D scanning devices are used for capturing the 3D surface models of items approximately one cubic foot in size.  This is often the quickest method to pull real-world data into a digital environment (as opposed to digitally modelling the object from scratch).  We have considerable experience with several different types of scanners.
  • John-e-Box: As consumer-grade hardware and software becomes easier to use, less expensive, and more powerful, the gap between these technologies and more high-end systems continues to diminish.  Our first effort under this initiative consists of a portable, stereo-capable visualization system using Windows or Linux, called the John-e-Box.
  • Haptics: This system couples a Phantom haptic (force-feedback) device with a stereo monitor and a half-silvered mirror to co-locate the graphical rendering with the haptic rendering.  Haptic output provides a powerful complement to graphical output, and can be applicable to volume exploration, molecular simulation, and multi-dimensional data analysis.
  • Stereo Video: The AVL has stereo video rigs available for use.  These rigs can be used to capture HD stereo video that can later be played back on one of our many steero-enabled playback devices.

For more information about the AVL and its facilities, please visit their website at