Expanded Perception and Interaction: from Research Data to Aha!

Associate Professor Tomasz Bednarz1,2, Mr Luc Betbeder-Matibet1

1University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia,

2Data61, Sydney, Australia


Pixel real-estate (density and screen size) make a difference in the ways we can look at and explore research data. The EPICylinder at the UNSW is a 116 million pixel screen (56 cubes in a 3 meter high 14×4 configuration covering 340 degrees) which is 60x the resolution of standard Virtual Reality displays. This facility enables researchers to collaboratively explore their data in completely new ways leading to accelerated and new scientific discoveries.

This talk will provide an overview of the EPICentre facility and projects, with focus on integrating artistic and scientific visualisation to accelerate understanding of complex science through ultra-scale imagery, with the human in the loop.

These projects highlight the new kinds of workflows and toolkits which are needed to manage and support large data sets including access to data storage, computational simulations, machine learning and visualisation platforms.  We show how cutting-edge computing platforms connected with immersive technologies enable us ‘to get inside’  and look our most complex data sets in new and better ways to create those ‘aha moments’.


Tomasz is A/Prof. and Director of Visualisation at the Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre) UNSW Art & Design and Team Leader at CSIRO’s Data61 (Visual Analytics Team, Software & Computational Systems Program).  His approach is expansive and encompasses the use of novel technologies (AR,VR, CAVE, Dome, AVIE), often in combination. Over the last couple of years, he has been involved in wide range of projects in area of immersive visualisation, human-computer interaction, computational imaging and visualisation.

Luc is Director of Research Technology Services for UNSW and Head of Infrastructure at the EPICentre. He manages the High Performance Computing and Research Data teams and is involved in a number of national eResearch initiatives. He spends his days trying to find enough storage capacity for researchers.


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