Humans are primarily visual interpreters of information, but computers speak only in numbers. NCSA's scientific visualization team helps scientists and engineers translate numbers into images, which enables the researchers both to gain insight into their data and to more easily share their work with others.
NCSA's visualization consultants bring their software knowledge and skills in information presentation to bear on a wide range of topics, from turbulence in liquid fuels to the kinetic energy of a supernova. They work with researchers to identify the best tools for their needs and assist in effective operation of visualization software to generate publication-quality imagery and animations for posters, papers, and journal articles; they also develop visualization solutions using custom software.
For more about the visualization assistance NCSA provides, visit vis.ncsa.illinois.edu.
To communicate science to the public, NCSA's Advanced Visualization Laboratory works in close collaboration with domain scientists to creates high-resolution, cinematic, data-driven scientific visualizations for planetariums, museums, IMAX films, and TV documentaries.
Currently AVL is leading a National-Science Foundation-supported project to inform the public about computational and data-enabled scientific discovery. This project—called CADENS (The Centrality of Advanced Digitally ENabled Science)—will produce three ultra-high-resolution digital documentaries for fulldome theaters and nine high-definition documentary programs for online distribution via YouTube, Hulu, and other outlets.