(May 12, 2011)--The University of Texas at San Antonio will demonstrate once again that it is a force to be reckoned with in the race to Tier One. The emerging research institution, one of seven in Texas, will unveil its Advanced Visualization Laboratory on Tuesday, May 17. The technology-laden facility will allow engineering, science and art researchers to translate large amounts of data into large-scale images to better understand complex phenomena.
>> UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to experience the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 in Multidisciplinary Studies Building Room 1.03.06N on the UTSA Main Campus.
"The Advanced Visualization Laboratory on our Main Campus is an amazing place that cannot be described with words," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "One has to visit the lab to truly understand its potential to enhance research, teaching and industry in South Texas. The haptic devices and the images on the VisWall are an unparalleled experience."
The UTSA Advanced Visualization Laboratory is anchored by a 98 megapixel, 14.5-foot wide by six-foot tall visualization wall created using two dozen 30-inch Dell UltraSharp widescreen U3011 monitors. The visualization wall is driven by a high-performance computing cluster comprised of 12 high-speed graphics-enhanced Linux workstations. An InfiniBand communications network operating at 40 gigabits per second connects the 12 computing nodes.
The laboratory's distinguishing feature is a Quanser HD2 high-definition haptic device, a sophisticated tool that can be integrated with the visualization wall and the laboratory's 3-D television to allow researchers to touch and feel the digital models they create in the course of their research.
The haptic device provides six degrees of freedom motion and five degrees of freedom force/torque feedback, making it an ideal tool to practice surgical simulations and other techniques.
Initial projects slated for the laboratory include, but are not limited to:
The UTSA Advanced Visualization Laboratory is managed by the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering and supports UTSA's missions of teaching, research, community engagement and faculty recruitment. It is funded by a three-year, $482,600 grant awarded Oct. 1, 2009, by the National Science Foundation.
To learn more or to schedule a tour, visit the Advanced Visualization Laboratory website.
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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