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Updated on June 5, 2012
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Visionair: a challenge in scientific visualisation! - An impressive demonstration in 3D visualisation - A fruitful discussion during the round table

  • Visionair: a challenge in scientific visualisation!
  • An impressive demonstration in 3D visualisation
  • A Fruitful discussion during the round table
Visionair: a challenge in scientific visualisation! Numerical

 

Make available various visualisation technologies all over Europe to scientists from the private or public sector; this is the challenge which is taken up by the Visionair consortium!

This project, funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme for Research, has been launched with the strong support of the EMIRAcle association: half of the consortium members are also EMIRAcle members! The aim@shape and Intuition Networks of Excellence also join to this project, as well as the community in scientific computation and in transfer of very high-quality images.

Visionair will consist in offering to the scientific community:  An European-wide distributed infrastructure devoted to scientific visualisation and interaction,  A free of charge physical access to visualisation facilities for successful applicants,  Virtual services over internet accesses.

An impressive demonstration in 3D visualisation

After having introduced the general aspects of the European project to the 100 international attendees, Frederic Noël, Professor in Grenoble Institute of Technology and Visionair Scientific Coordinator, handed over to his colleagues to present an overview of the Visionair infrastructure facilities in the following topics:

  •  Scientific visualization,
  •  Ultra High Definition Networks,
  •  Virtual Reality,
  •  Collaborative Environments including holography.

The Forum continued with and impressive demonstration of the visualisation technologies already available in the GI-NOVA showroom, industrial platform located in the Industrial Engineering School of Grenoble Institute of Technology. A poster exhibition brought to the public's notice the 29 research visualisation facilities available in Visionair.

A Fruitful discussion during the round table Visionair

 

Professor Hans-Christian Hege from Zuse Institute in Berlin began the session with a keynote presentation to explain the gain provided by interactive visualisation in different complex domains, such as Biology exploitation for example. He concluded his talk by focussing on the scientific interpretation of the images to obtain optimal research results: Data analysis is the key! he insisted.

A panel of 4 speakers were invited around the table to discuss with the Visionair community

  •  Professor Hans-Christian Hege, Zuse Institute Berlin, Germany,
  •  Professor Laurent Desbat, French Ministry of Research,
  •  Mr. Eric Braux, Country & Sales Director at Barco France,
  •  Professor Fred Van Houten, International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).

They provided complementary points of view about the Visionair added value for Research, especially about the users' needs, the model of exploitation to be built and the type of cooperation to be developed.

In conclusion, the industries, the research organizations as well as the governmental institutions shown a strong interest for the Visionair infrastructure and recognized the challenge it's involving.


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Written by Serge Tichkiewitch

Date of update June 5, 2012

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