About CIVS

WELCOME to the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) website. CIVS is located at Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana.

CIVS is a multidisciplinary center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3-D visualization and virtual reality technologies.  CIVS has been globally recognized by its integrated and application-driven approaches through the state-of-the-art simulation and virtual reality visualization technologies for providing innovative solutions to solve various university research problems, industry issues, as well as education and community problems. Through close partnerships with more than 90 external organizations, CIVS’s projects have provided substantial educational and econom­ic impacts, resulting in more than $38 million dollars for companies. 

CIVS is continuing the development and implementation of cutting edge simulations, computer graphics, advanced visualization, and computing technology to serve faculty, staff, and students of Purdue Calumet, as well as industry and the community.

An example simulation showing green and blue lines running through a tunnel of yellow.


Advanced Simulation and Visualization for Steel Optimization Consortium

For this NIST AMTech proposal, led by Purdue University Calumet and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), the goal is to launch an industry-led steel-manufacturing consortium to work with current partners and new stakeholders across the value chain to develop simulation and visualization technologies in a pre-competitive environment that can help solve key problems as identified and prioritized through our roadmapping activities. For more information please visit the NIST & CIVS Consortium website. 

 CIVS receives ‘Innovators’ honor

Purdue Calumet’s entire CIVS (Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation) team of faculty, staff, administrators and students last week was named co-recipient of the 2012-13 Chanute Prize for Team Innovation, presented annually by Ivy Tech Community College Northwest and The Society of Innovators.

The Chanute Prize recognizes team dynamics, process, culture and benefits of innovation; the innovation itself; and the “Wow” factor.

“Innovation is the catalyst of economic development,” Chancellor Keon said. “This award is greatly appreciated and marks the continuation of a great future for Purdue Calumet as a source for new business enterprise.”

Managing Director of The Society of Innovators John Davies applauded CIVS’ selection, “because it has been, and is, and will continue to help innovative and entrepreneurial enterprises across Northwest Indiana re-imagine their possibilities through visualization and simulation technologies. This is an amazing tool that few of us could have imagined only a few short years ago.”

Contributed to $30+ million in savings

CIVS integrates such cutting edge technologies as simulation, visualization and 3D virtual reality to create virtual worlds for solving challenging, real world problems, promoting economic development, improving productivity and energy usage, and limiting environmental impacts for industrial partners.

Since 2009, CIVS has helped industry save more than $30 million in production and efficiency costs, while providing valuable experiential learning opportunities for our students.

“This award provides great recognition for our team,” CIVS Director, Professor and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduates Studies Chenn Zhou said. “I appreciate the dedication and effort all our team members have made. I also am grateful for all the individuals and organizations who have supported CIVS.

The Chanute Prize will be awarded during a Celebration of Innovation featuring a number of events on November 29th starting at 8:30.

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