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 IU Trident Indiana University

Generating Interest in Science and Technology using Stereoscopic 3D Videos

Albert William, Advanced Visualization Lab, Indiana University



In the Advanced Visualization Lab we have created stereoscopic videos entitled “Leading the Way in to the Future”, and “A Universe of Questions” that teach people about the benefits of using the TeraGrid for intensive scientific computational problems. We have pulled together 3D computer graphics, live video, and computer simulations to show how the TeraGrid has been used in diverse ways such as modeling galaxy formation and in weather forecasting. We are currently working on a new video to describe how biologists are using the TeraGrid’s resources.

The benefit and impact of our movies had already been felt across the United States. We have developed a website that allows anyone access to the stereoscopic or mono versions of these movies ( These movies have been used at many high impact science fairs and have been seen by thousands of people. The movies are presented in a variety of stereoscopic formats that can be viewed in any of number of settings, from 4K projection, to 3D TVs. Recently, “A Universe of Questions” won “The Best of the Fest” award at the 3D Film and Music Fest.

NSF provided funding through the TeraGrid Educational Outreach and Training program. While the productions were led by staff from the Indiana University Advanced Visualization Lab, scientists and students from across the country also contributed.

NSF GSS Codes:

Primary Field: Mutlidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary Studies (980) - Science, Technology and Society

Secondary Field: Communication (930) - Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia