Education/Training

Advanced simulation, visualization, and interactive devices can be powerful technologies used to enhance education and training in effective and intuitive learning environments.

Projects:

Active Threat

Active Threat

Supplemental 3D Segments for the Active Threat Shooter Situation THE PROBLEM St. Margaret Health wished to create a series of 3d video segments to focus on important elements of an active threat situation. Video segments are intended to be mixed…
Blast Furnace

Blast Furnace

Development of a Comprehensive Blast Furnace Package THE PROBLEM The driving forces for technological improvements are particularly strong in the iron making process, since the extraction of iron from ore is capital and energy intensive. A…
Brain Visualization

Brain Visualization

Human Brain Functional MRI and DTI Visualization THE PROBLEM Magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional MRI (fMRI) are two active research areas in neuroimaging. DTI is sensitive to the anisotropic diffusion of water exerted…

Immersive Chemistry

Introduction Two immersive 3-D chemistry applications used to augment chemistry & chemical engineering labs. Objective To provide a 3-dimensional environment for students to interact with chemistry software. Faculty Collaborator: Libbie…
Mission Ocean

Mission Ocean

The Mission Ocean Science Curriculum Visualization Project THE PROBLEM Fifteen-year-old students in the United States ranked 25th of 34 countries on the OECD international math test and 17th on the science test, raising serious concerns that…
Power Plant FGD Training Model

Power Plant FGD Training Model

Simulation and Visualization of a Power Plant FGD Unit THE PROBLEM NIPSCO has two new Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) systems at its Schahfer Generating Station.  The FGD systems are designed to remove SO2 from flue gas generated by the boiler. …
Protein Visualization

Protein Visualization

Visualization of GIRK Protein Channels THE PROBLEM GIRK channels (G protein-coupled inwardly-rectifying potassium channel) are a type of protein found in neurons and have many roles in the nervous system, including memory and pain perception….
Pyxis MedStation

Pyxis MedStation

Using Virtual Reality for Pyxis MedStation Training THE PROBLEM As automated medication dispensing stations become more prominent in hospitals, errors decrease and patient care increases. However, this requires user training and does not eliminate…
The Planck Mission

The Planck Mission

Planck Education and Public Outreach Mission Simulation Project BACKGROUND Planck is an international satellite mission led by the European Space Agency with significant contribution by NASA, designed to measure the anisotropy of the Cosmic…
U.S. Steel Blast Furnace

U.S. Steel Blast Furnace

Virtual Training System THE PROBLEM Virtual training provides the utility of expanding the understanding of a system through simulation and visualization of aspects that cannot be viewed physically.   Utilizing the Unity engine, this project i…
Virtual Boiler

Virtual Boiler

THE PROBLEM Boiler-operations trainees at NIPSCO coal-fired power stations receive comprehensive training in boiler operation procedures and are given 2D, non-scaled representations of the plant’s steam, coal cycle, and limited key components. These 2…
Virtual Construction

Virtual Construction

INTRODUCTION Virtual Construction of a Single-Family Wood Framed House. The simulation affords Constructions Science students to observe the process of building a house from a vacant site through the wood framing necessary to build the shell and interior…
Virtual Groundwater

Virtual Groundwater

Simulating Solute Transport in Groundwater THE PROBLEM Groundwater, as the major contributor to the fresh water resource, has been contaminated by agricultural and industrial activities in recent years. However, it is extremely difficult to…
Virtual Poetry

Virtual Poetry

THE PROBLEM “Correspondences” by Baudelaire (1821-1867) is one of the most influential and beautiful poems in French literature. The poem established two different relationships of distinct natures: 1) the relationship among our human senses and…
Wind Energy

Wind Energy

  Mixed Reality Simulators for Wind Energy Education US Dept. of Education – FIPSE Award: $749,853 January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2013 Click here for the full FIPSE project page THE PROBLEM The issue of transferring learned …