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The Advanced Visualization Center features nine labs with uses for both education and workforce development.

 

ILLImmersive Learning Lab

This lab provides an immersive environment by creating a realistic learn-by-doing experience.

Educational Use: This lab will be used for smaller groups to experience the 3D immersive virtual environment. Additionally, with the use of Unity 3D, full scale simulated environments can be deployed within this area for a more complete immersion experience.

Workforce Development: Small groups can utilize this lab to experience the 3D environment so that a simulated workforce environment can be presented.

 

DLDevelopment Lab

This lab provides 3D content lifecycle support supporting advanced distance learning and simulation based initiatives for research and workforce / economic development.

Educational Use: This lab will be used by the center's development staff to create content and provide training to faculty, staff, and students.

Workforce Development: This lab will be used to create content for use in any workforce implementation of 3D technologies.

 

BSLBroadcast and Studio Lab

This lab provides digital and 3D media in a leading edge environment in which students and faculty learn how to integrate virtual technologies with traditional and emerging broadcast technologies.

Educational Use: The digital media studio and lab provides digital and 3D media in a leading edge environment to facilitate the integration of virtual technologies with traditional and emerging digital media technologies to engage students and faculty in the learning process.

Workforce Development: Workforce entities can utilize the broadcast and studio lab to introduce their employees into digital content created by the center. Additionally, telepresence is integrated into the lab, which can be used for small 3D telepresence meetings.

 

TLTelepresence Lab

This lab provides an innovation hub for advanced distance learning by using cognitive eye-to-eye contact allowing for more effective collaboration of ideas, learning and discovery while reducing costs associated with travel and distance. There are two Telepresence Labs in the AVC and a Telepresence Suite in the Burrow Center.

Educational Use: Utilizing a high definition teleconferencing system, this lab is capable of connecting teams simultaneously from multiple locations worldwide. This will be used to connect students as well as faculty with peers at other institutions where they can share 3D objects and collaboratively discuss, develop, and implement 3D technologies.

Workforce Development: This lab can be used to connect workforce members to other entities worldwide while allowing the sharing of content (2D or 3D) so that all parties can simultaneously view and interact with shared 3D content.

 

VLLVisual Learning Lab

This lab will provide an exciting and stimulating learning environment where students and faculty can virtually and visually communicate their ideas and discovery. Visual Learning Labs are located in the AVC and on the 2nd floor of the Health Sciences Building.

Educational Use: This lab will provide a space for students within the simulation and modeling technician certificate. Its primary use will be as a student classroom.

Workforce Development: This lab can be used for 3D visualizations as well as having teleconference capabilities for larger group meetings.

 

RPLRapid Prototype Lab

This lab provides experience in modern design and manufacturing processes in an advanced learning environment using CAD data to create virtual and physical prototypes, accelerating design and production capabilities.

Educational Use: This lab integrated into the Drafting and Design Technology department will allow students to rapidly develop a 3D model of a physical object, visualize and manipulate the object virtually, and print the object on a 3D printer in a very short timeframe.

Workforce Development: This lab will provide industry partners the ability to design, develop, test, and deploy a product or project virtually throughout the entire development lifecycle.

 

EDLExperience and Discovery Lab

This lab will provide an exciting and innovative method of knowledge transfer for audiences to discover new ideas and concepts through "Edutainment" (the merging of education and entertainment technologies).

Educational Use: This lab will be used to showcase 3D technology to larger groups of students in a variety of situations. In addition, the telepodium can be used to bring in guest speakers to large groups of faculty, staff, and students.

Workforce Development: This lab can be used to demonstrate 3D visualizations as well as utilize the telepodium for large scale meetings.