IDIA
Visualisation
Laboratory
Research in visualisation, analysis and methods

About The Vislab

Ongoing Research (See Research for details):
Multiband mosaic image of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster from the WISE Extended Source Catalogue (WXSC, Jarrett et al. 2019).
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From the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, the cosmic web of the local universe, galaxy groups highlighted with spheres.
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Lambert et al (2020) uses cutting-edge visualisation techniques in the Vislab to interrogate galaxy group substructures in a new galaxy group catalogue for the recently-completed 2MASS Redshift Survey
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From the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, cosmological simulations of the Universe, with particle motion vectors
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Volumetric Rendering of a mouse brain in the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome
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Visualising Andromeda using the Cobra Panorama
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Experimentation with Virtual Reality visualisation
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The LMC from the The WISE Extended Source Catalogue (WXSC, Jarrett et al. 2019)
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The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome as a powerful Educational Tool
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Visualising Big Data using high-resolution video wall WALIE
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The SMC from the The WISE Extended Source Catalogue (WXSC, Jarrett et al. 2019)
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From the control desk of the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, the 2MASS Galaxy Redshift Catalogue
 
An exciting visit from Ewine van Dishoeck, Professor of Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden University and president of the International Astronomical Union. Here she is testing some of the visualisation tools used for research in the Vislab: VR connected to the 8K WALIE wall (left); the 4K cobra panorama (middle); and VR connected to an interactive display screen (right).

In partnership between UCT Astronomy and the IDIA, a laboratory for visual analytics has been created to develop and test hardware and software solutions for interactive visualisation of large astronomical data sets.
 
Two facilities comprise the laboratory, one is located at the RW James building (UCT upper campus; astronomy department) and the other is the Iziko Planetarium & Digital Dome, located in the heart of Cape Town. 

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What We Do

As scientific data sets become larger and more complex, it is necessary to migrate to new technologies to facilitate scientific analysis and exploration. With the advent of big data, cloud technologies provide a clean solution for managing and processing data sets that would otherwise be unmanageable.
 
As we shift paradigms to having our scientific data living in the cloud, it is necessary to develop the tools and techniques  to enable science on these large data sets.

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The Tools We Use

RW James, UCT

WALIE toolVirtual Reality HeadsetCobra panorama
Iziko Museum, Company Gardens