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Visualization Studio


The Visualization Studio is a space providing students and faculty with new, immersive ways to explore, create, and communicate. The studio features a touch-capable high-resolution display wall, a mono audio system for basic sound playback, a spatial audio system, and a range of VR hardware options. An intuitive touch interface allows users to make, save and recall an unlimited range of different video, mono audio, and lighting layouts.

The studio’s dedicated graphics PC can send a full resolution signal to fill the display wall; however, you can also create custom video mosaics comprised of the video output of your own devices, the outputs of our main graphics PC, and two other PCs dedicated to VR development and room tracking.

Audio from any device can be routed to the room’s mono audio system, or a 27-speaker immersive 'SPAT' audio system for more advanced spatial audio applications.



  • A touch interface allows users to easily create, save and recall video, mono audio, and lighting layouts.
  • An iPad is available to control the spatial audio system and the movement of audio channels in realtime.
  • Dedicated low-latency Wi-Fi network for routing control messages to the studio PCs.
  • 2x Kinect motion-sensing tracking cameras.
  • Upon request, the studio’s VuWall display wall processor and scaler can be configured to display custom input device resolutions.


  • Infrared touch-capable 16:3 Planar LCD display wall measuring 9.2 m x 1.7 m with default resolution of 11,520 x 2,160 pixels at 30Hz. (Higher frame rates and the wall’s native 17,820 x 3,240 pixel resolution can be accessed by request as they require custom configurations.)

Note: It is not necessary to create custom media for the studio’s display wall. Think of the wall as a visual canvas that can display the output of any video device including laptops, tablets and smart phones.

  • Valve Index VR kit
  • Varjo Aero professional-grade VR for more demanding research applications


  • 4 mono audio zones comprised of 8 overhead Bose speakers driven by a Bose 4-chanel amplifier
  • 27-speaker Immersive Audio System (SPAT):
    • 26 Genelec 8040s
    • 18” Bag End SubwooferRME
    • RME HDSP3 MADI FX (Our routing hub!)
    • RME Fireface UFX+
    • Direct Out Andiamo 2.DA MADI DAC
  • Snake box to extend access to UFX+s I/O
  • Mackie Passive Stereo DI boxes
  • Modal Electronics Argon8 Synthesizer


  • Dell Precision 7910 Windows 10 graphics workstation running a 22-core Intel Xeon E5-2699 v4 processor with 64Gb RAM, an NVIDIA RTX 6000 GPU and an 8.0 Tb RAID 1 user drive.
  • 2 Windows 10 PCs for VR development and room tracking

Device Inputs

  • 8 Full HD HDMI device inputs over ethernet (located in studio floor)
  • 1 Display Port 1.4 device input available upon request (located in server room)


  • Console desk for workstation PC with 3 UHD-1 displays mirroring 16:3 full resolution display output to display wall
  • A range of signal converters, adapters, and cables
  • USB 3.1 fiber extender for connections to graphics workstation
  • A range of comfortable seating options!

Available Software

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Google Earth
  • Tableau Desktop and Tableau Public
  • ArcGIS
  • QGIS
  • Cytoscape
  • Gephi
  • Processing
  • Inkscape
  • GIMP
  • Google SketchUp
  • Blender
  • Touch Designer
  • Steam
  • Unity 3D
  • Unreal
  • SPSS
  • Cycling '74 Max MSP
  • Reaper
  • Ableton Live
  • SPAT Revolution
  • Supercollider

Note: Please make sure you schedule ample time to test your application with the software installed on the studio workstation to ensure version compatibility, etc. Should you require an application not currently installed on the machine, please email these details to Please note that if we are able to accommodate your request, it may take up to five business days to have the software installed.

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