‘Chicago Ideas Week’ To Visit UIC’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory Oct. 8

Chicago Ideas Week, a series of events that each October brings together some of the world’s leading innovators to share ideas and inspire change, offers the public a behind-the-scenes look at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory on Oct. 8.

The UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory, or EVL, is an interdisciplinary research laboratory specializing in the design and development of high-resolution visualization, virtual-reality and networked collaboration display systems utilizing shared global cyber-infrastructure.

EVL will premiere its new CAVE2 virtual-reality room, transporting visitors to cyberspace, where they are immersed in scientific and engineering worlds — from flying to Mars to watching blood flow through the brain’s vasculature.

The tour of the laboratory, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., will be hosted by EVL Director Jason Leigh, UIC professor of computer science, and Associate Director Maxine Brown.

UIC’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory is the oldest formal collaboration between engineering and art in the country and offers graduate M.S., Ph.D. and M.F.A. degrees.

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The University of Illinois is the exclusive education partner of Chicago Ideas Week, which expects to attract 20,000 attendees this year, including 20 percent from outside the region.

UIC ranks among the nation’s leading research universities and is Chicago’s largest university with 27,500 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.