2017.05.04 The AViDA group now has a blog. Any new news item will from now on go to the blog instead of here.

2017.03.17 The AViDA lab and Wright State are hosting the workshop HPC Enabled Data Analytics for DoD Materials and Biological Sciences organized by WPAFB.

2017.03.04 Thomas Wischgoll is chairing the Visualization and Data Analysis conference again.The call will come out soon. You can find an archive of old conferences via

2017.01.12 Dayton is ranked 17 among the best cities for STEM jobs according to WalletHub.

2017.01.09 We added writing resources to the resources page.

2016.10.27 The director of the AViDA group, Thomas Wischgoll, is co-chairing the Visualization Contest for next year's IEEE VIS conference.

2016.5.18 The director of the AViDA group, Thomas Wischgoll, is chairing the Visualization and Data Analysis conference next year together with David Kao and Song Zhang. The deadline for submissions is July 25 and papers can be submitted here.

2015.12.21 Computer Research Scientists and Software Developers will be in great demand within the next ten years according to the goverment's Occupational Outlook Handbook

2015.11.17 The AViDA lab joined the Data Science and Security Cluser (DSSC)

2015.09.23 Wright State will host the first presidential debate next year

2015.04.16 The department took delivery of a 21.16 TFlop/s high performance computer with 2048 cores, which will tie directly into the capabilities of the Appenzeller Visualization laboratory. It was ranked 310 in the top 500 computer list.

2015.03.16 Dayton is also ranked among the best metro areas for STEM professionals (ranked 16th) according to WalletHub.

2015.02.26 Dayton is among the top 10 cities in America for engineers according to Forbes. See here for more information.

2015.02.25 VTK now supports rendering into external OpenGL contexts with their upcoming release version 6.2. Further details can be found in this blog post. This then no longer requires the multipass rendering hack for integrating VTK with Vrui.

2014.04.12 The Appenzeller Visualization Laboratory keeps getting upgraded; this time touch capabilities were added to make some of the displays even more interactive.



The Advanced Visual Data Analysis group has three different facilities available for its research and educational mission: a research laboratory, a teaching laboratory, and the Appenzeller Visualization laboratory.

The research laboratory is located in room 472 of the Joshi Research Center. It is equipped with state-of-the-art visualization equipment which includes, 10 TB storage systems, high-performance graphics hardware, large-scale displays, and top-notch computing machinery.

lab photograph

The Appenzeller Visualization laboratory is housed in Joshi 278 and provides access to cutting edge visualization technology and equipment, including a traditional CAVE-type setup as well as other fully immmersive display environments.

Appenzeller Visualization laboratory

The Immersive Visualization and Animation Theater is now opening in its new location in Russ 154A. It is equipped with ten 50-inch displays and high-end graphics workstations. All systems utilize active stereo-glasses to facilitate full 3D immersion. Various gaming input devices allow for highly intuitive interaction with the software. In addition, a stereo capable 65-inch display is available as well as 12 15-inch laptop computers with high-end graphics capabilities.

Immersive Visualization and Animation Theater

The visualization laboratories can tie directly into a 23 TFlop/s SGI Altix supercomputer with 2048 parallel cores. The computer is housed in the same building to enable high-performance computing and visualization, including in-situ visualization and support for large-scale data sets. The system was listed in the top 500 list of supercomputers.

23 TFlop/s high-performance computer named Desch


Software Description

Different software packages are directly available on the computers in the different labs that can be readily used. Documentation of these software packages and their usage is available here.