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New eMedia Center Visualization Lab dedication today

DNA computer projection.
UW-Madison virologists can use the eMedia center to view larger-than-life molecular models. Here they can examine the bonds between a strand of DNA and protein molecules. Larger Image

The College of Engineering today will dedicate the new eMedia Center Visualization Laboratory, a unique, theater-style computing center. Based in the Engineering Research Building on the College of Engineering campus, the eMedia Center showcases immersive technology that will enable faculty, staff and students universitywide to translate static, two-dimensional models and mountains of data into vivid, interactive 3-D images and then view those images collaboratively in a large-scale virtual-reality environment.

The eMedia Center features a 5-foot, 8-inch by 18-foot, 1-inch panoramic screen driven by three HP UNIX J5600 computers with dual processors. In addition, it houses six Intel-based computers on which center users can develop their applications.

The center's equipment is valued at $371,000. Since 1980, HP has given nearly $14 million in support and equipment to the university, and offers cooperative education opportunities and permanent employment to many students. Its funds have helped create scholarships, laboratories and learning tools that have benefited not only undergraduate and graduate students, but the university's research efforts as well.