Boise State University, Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory (BCAL) uses a 3D Immersive Environment, provided by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to visualize and interact with hyperspectral and lidar remote sensing data. Visualizing these data in a 3-D environment allows students to better understand the complexity of multi-dimension data. Furthermore, the 3-D environment provides a sandbox for students to explore data fusion, data mining, and potential errors.
The 3D Immersive Environment relies on a high end computer to run Vrui, a virtual reality software that performs the 3-D rendering. In addition to remote sensing data, MRI and CT scans (medical imaging), CAD drawings (engineering), and complex molecular diagrams (chemistry) can also be visualized for scientific interaction.
The 3D Immersive Environment is mobile – we recently took it to the State of Idaho Capitol. We are also using the system for several research projects, including testing lidar tools for geoinformatics and landscape modeling.