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Research at the AlloSphere Facility (Image 6)

January 11, 2013
Mapping of fMRI data of the brain reveals two layers of blood tissue flow with rectangular agents that are mining the blood density levels. The image was produced as part of the AlloBrain project at the AlloSphere, one of the largest immersive scientific instruments in the world. The National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported AlloSphere is located at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) building at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The AlloSphere takes scientific data that is too small to see and hear and visually and sonically magnifies it to a human scale so researchers can better analyze the data and find new patterns. Over 20 researchers can stand in the center of the sphere and be collectively immersed in multi-dimensional information. The AlloSphere infrastructure was completed in March 2007 and it is a key part of the Digital Media Center located within the CNSI. Applications for the AlloSphere include audiovisual technologies, abstract arts and art entertainment, "green" technology, computers and networking, education, nanotechnology, physics, materials science, geography and remote sensing, human perception, behavior and cognition, and medicine and telemedicine. To learn more about the AlloSphere, see the NSF Discovery story The AlloSphere Offers an Interactive Experience of Nano-sized Worlds. Or visit the AlloSphere website. The AlloSphere research pictured in this series of images was supported by a number of NSF grants including IIS 10-47678, "EAGER: A Computational Framework Integrating Methods From Music Composition and Sketching for Large-scale Scientific Data Visualization in the 3-D Immersive AlloSphere;" CNS 08-55279, "II-NEW: Equipping the AlloSphere, an Environment for Immersive Data Exploration;" and CNS 08-21858, "MRI: Development of the AlloSphere, an Immersive Instrument for Scientific Exploration." (Date of Image: 2007-2011) Credit: Graham Wakefield, Lance Putnam, Wesley Smith, Dan Overholt, John Thompson Artistic presentation, data visualization, auralization and interaction; Faculty Directors Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, and Professor Marcos Novak Media Arts and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara


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