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February 2003

VDIL Update
There are regular requests for updates on what is happening with the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab. Many folks new to the campus also ask what the lab is all about. So we thought we'd cover both sorts of inquiries with this update.

Mission:
The Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab, an interdisciplinary faculty research facility, is a collaboration of the School of Fine Arts and College of Science and Engineering. The Visualization Lab promotes visual research in the areas of computer graphics, two-dimensional imaging, three dimensional imaging, virtual reality applications and sound/image control.

Access:
Access to the resources of the VDIL is available to faculty members of the University of Minnesota Duluth for themselves and their research groups. To establish a project, the faculty principal investigator completes the access request form from the VDIL Access Request Form page.

Grants:
The Visualization Lab also sponsors Summer Research Grants. The purpose of this program is to encourage use of the VDIL by research groups and individuals. Grants are intended to encourage researchers to learn how to use the hardware and software tools available in the VDIL to enhance a specific research project. Participants are encouraged to share knowledge and skills with other researchers in the VDIL.

TechnoBrown Bags:
ITSS and the Visualization Lab present TechnoBrown Bags on alternate Fridays featuring Summer Grant Research like Suz Szuc's Road Work or a specific technical topic, such as Artistic Scientific Visualization or using Mac OS X.

Equipment improvements:

  • Mac G4 DVD burning/video editing suite
  • Portable audio recorder, mixer and mics
  • Mac VR Wall
  • IBM Intellistation 3D modeling, character animation and rendering
  • Nikon Super Cool Scanner (slides, negs, 35mm)
  • Archival printing
  • Beowulf cluster

New software:

  • Scientific Visualization:
    TecPlot, Sigma Plot, Sigma Scan Pro, Fluent
  • Art/DVD/Video/Sound/Multimedia:
    Upgrades to the latest version of most Adobe, Macromedia and Corel software, QuarkXpress, World Construction Set6, Maya 4.5 Final Cut Pro 3, Commotion, Media Cleaner, Premier, Peak, Primatte, DVD Studio Pro, ProTools, Media 100

More software information is available on the VDIL web site.

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