The UMD Viz Lab is home to a number of presentations, lectures and workshops during the entire year. From research presentations to information about technology available to the UMD community, continue checking our blog and current events section for updated information.
An interdisciplinary group of researchers in the Viz lab (Morris Levy, Biomechanics-HPER; Joellyn Rock, Art + Design; Thomas Isbell, Theater; Robert Feyen, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Peter Willemsen, Computer Science) has been awarded an Infrastructure Investment Initiative (I3) grant for research investment in the Viz lab.
A 3D motion capture and high definition video production video production studio will be constructed over a period of five years. Equipped with a multiple camera shooting space, cyclorama and backdrops, studio lighting and sound booth, this high definition video production and motion capture studio will foster faculty collaboration and research in biomechanics, ergonomics, animation, performing arts and computer generated virtual environments research. The Viz Lab will continue its long-standing record of research support, while expanding with new and emerging technology.
The next evolution of the Viz lab will bring exciting opportunites for new interdisciplinary research, creative activity, and pedagogical strategies. The grant funds activites that involve faculty from theater, digital arts, exercise science, mechanical engineering, and computer science.
(more on the I3 Award) http://www.research.umn.edu/advance/i3_awards.html
Jen Dietrich, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, and Sarah Nitschke's documentary short film, Philip Pearlstein: Naked Vision, will be screened at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in Sebastopol, Calif. from March 18-20, 2011 and also at the 2011 Durango International Film Festival (Colorado).
Three researchers have five minutes to describe their work with ten minutes of Q & A following. This series spotlights our university community researchers. It is an opportunity to become aware of our interdisciplinary cultural capital and to get supportive ideas and suggestions from our colleagues. The format will be an overview or demonstration followed by informal discussion.
Sessions are once a month during the school year. All are held in the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab, 154 Marshall Performing Arts Center. No registration is required and UMD faculty, staff, and students are encouraged and welcome to attend. Just show up!
In spring of 2012 an Art + Design Graphic Design Graduate Seminar/Sudio class involving Assistant Professor of Design Steve Bardolph and graduate students Chenxi Jin, Dustin Thompson and Jordan Cataldo worked together with the UMD VIZ | LAB and collaborated with MN Sea Grant to tell the tale of sustainable fisheries on Lake Superior. Specifically Lake Superior Herring fisheries. This species, once nearly extinct, has seen a return in commercially harvestable numbers. While their estimated population is no where near it's historical volume their return is still reason to celebrate Minnesota's commitment to sustainablity. To learn more visit the Confused Herring Web Site.