Earlier this month, Penn State University’s Hulk Institutes of Life Sciences installed a 7-by-13-foot “visualization wall” at the school’s Millennium Science Complex. The wall is equipped with touchscreens that allow users to expand, contract, and manipulate images and data on the fly. In the future, the wall may be able to detect users’ hand gestures from a distance. The device’s creators hope it will enable professors in the biological sciences to rapidly and intuitively illustrate data for their students. One user, a professor of infectious diseases, says that being able to immerse students in biological and genomic information will ultimately improve their intuitive grasp of the data’s patterns and variations.
“Visualization Wall” Offers an Immersive Data Experience
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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