July 5, 2012
Read up on what CIVS has been featured for in the summer edition of the Northwest Indiana Business quarterly.read more ... Workforce 2025
Purdue Calumet’s blast furnace shaft simulator broke through as an innovative, international, application
July 2, 2012
Review the grand event for the CIVS Technology Transfer Workshop and see what a few of our brightest engineering students presented to the American Iron and Steel Institution in four years of groundbreaking, extensive research.read more ... Purdue Calumet’s blast furnace shaft simulator broke through as an innovative, international, application
May 29, 2012
A Purdue University Calumet engineering graduate student earned first place in an international competition at the recent Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Conference held at Atlanta, Ga. Md Taifur Rahman of Dhaka, Bangladesh placed first in the Graduate Student Poster Contest for his research project titled, “Development and Application of Burden Distribution Model and Shaft Simulation Model for Blast Furnace.”read more ... Purdue Calumet graduate engineering student places first in international competition
May 14, 2012
Aleksandr Shmagranoff, Munster — It is unlikely there are many, if any, other mechanical engineering majors who can claim victory in PUC’s annual Intramural Fishing Contest (21-inch walleye in 2009), but his PUC experiences have been varied. He is an ArcelorMittal Scholarship recipient and an Association for Iron and Steel Technology presenter. He also is an award-winning, Undergraduate Student Research Days participant, having learned experientially at PUC’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.read more ... CIVS student Aleksandr Shmagranoff recognized from Class of '12
May 8, 2012
Purdue University Calumet graduate student, Md Taifur Rahman, won 1st Place at the 2012 AISTech Graduate Student Poster Contest for his project titled “Development and Application of Burden Distribution Model and Shaft Simulation Model for Blast Furnace”.read more ... CIVS Student Wins 1st Place at Steel Conference
May 7, 2012
On Friday, 27 April, and Tuesday, 1 May, the Mission Ocean program was inaugurated in the Cold War Gallery, at the National Navy Museum in Washington DC. One hundred-thirty students from two Prince William County schools were the first children to conduct undersea exploration missions, employing networked computers to operate their research submarine, while observing their sub’s search on a 3D video display. Investigating the continental shelf area in the Aleutian Islands, students used ocean temperature and sulfur dioxide measurements to locate an actively erupting volcano in the virtual Education Center at the Cold War Gallery, part of the National Navy Museum in Washington, D.C.read more ... Navy Museum Kicks off Mission Ocean Educational Program
May 3, 2012
Dr. Chenn Zhou was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at Purdue University Calumet. Dr. Zhou, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, presented “Visualize the Future in 3D.”read more ... Dr. Chenn Zhou presents the 'Future in 3D'
April 27, 2012
Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization & Simulation (CIVS) has saved local, national and international companies more than $30 million by analyzing problems and finding solutions using innovative technology. Read more about how CIVS has been able to deliver innovative solutions and how it’s students are involved.read more ... Visualizing the future in 3-D
April 20, 2012
HAMMOND | A diversity of innovation across Northwest Indiana was recognized Tuesday at the Indiana Welcome Center. The Pride & Pedestal: Pass the Torch of Innovation event introduced 12 innovators from the seven-county region who demonstrated their ingenuity. The event was sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Northwest and the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.read more ... 12 innovators from Northwest Indiana honored for their work
April 20, 2012
HAMMOND | The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch meeting will be April 26 at the Purdue University Calumet Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, at the Powers Building, Room 123.read more ... Lakeshore Chamber meeting to be at CIVS
April 10, 2012
The Boy Scouts of America Calumet Council Troop 276 from Lansing visited the Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation on Monday at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond. The Scouts were earning their Computer Merit Badge.read more ... Boy Scouts Troop 276 Visits PUC Center to Earn Computer Merit Badge
April 5, 2012
On Student Research Day, 177 students presented their research topics. With 102 projects derived from the schools of: Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Management, Nursing, and Technology, we’re proud of our students for their efforts and team work.read more ... CIVS Students Present their project on 3-D Protein Visualization on Student Research Day
April 4, 2012
New degree at PUC designed to address complex, 21st century workplace challengesread more ... New degree at PUC designed to address complex, 21st century workplace challenges
April 2, 2012
Some 177 Purdue University Calumet students presented 102 scholarly research projects in the university’s annual Student Research Days on March 29, 2012 and March 30, 2012. Find out more here.read more ... CIVS Students Win in Campus Research Days 2012
March 22, 2012
Congressman Pete Visclosky, of Indiana’s 1st District, received the 2011 Congressional Leadership in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Find out the whole story here.read more ... Visclosky receives economic development leadership award from international organization
March 1, 2012
CIVS is proud to be featured in the March-April 2012 edition of BizVoice. The full article, written by Symone C. Skrzycki, is shared in the article.read more ... Center Serves as Innovative Problem Solver
February 29, 2012
An article published in the Purdue University Calumet Chronicle, February 19, 2012
by Andrea Drac
Since its opening in the spring of 2009, the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation or CIVS, has been a place that “combines advanced simulation techniques with 3-D visualization and virtual reality technologies,” according to the CIVS website.
CIVS director Chenn Zhou said the center is available to any individual or organization with a need for their services, such as helping identify problems, finding the causes and developing solutions based on their needs.” Zhou added that CIVS has opened its doors to 46 external organizations and 32 PUC faculty members.
“The work and research done in the center addresses issues and challenges relating to energy, environment, education, training, productivity and quality,” Zhou said.
Zhou said students have been involved in every project that has been done in CIVS. One of the projects, entitled “Correspondences: Translating Senses from Poetry to Virtual Reality,” won a student research award last year. French and political science major Joann Holmen worked on the award-winning project and explained the project was about integrating French poetry with engineering and CIVS technology.
“We started with Charles Baudelaire’s poem, ‘Correspondences,’ known in the literary world for its symbolism and imagery, and created a 3D visualization of it,” Holmen said. “We wanted to create a 3D video that one could watch without having to read the poem that would communicate its central message; that of ambiguity in the relationship between the natural and metaphysical worlds.”
Holmen worked with CIVS students Nan Yan and Fan Zhang and their mentors Jack (John) Moreland (CIVS Senior Research Scientist), Jin Lu (Foreign language and research professor) and Zhou to create the final video. She first analyzed the poem in its original French and came up with an initial ‘script’ for the visualization. They then met in CIVS to discuss what to include in the video, what was needed in order to express the poem and what was possible with the technology.
“One of the foundational concepts of our project was visualization: the communication of ideas, whether concrete or abstract, through the use of visual imagery,” Holmen said. “Visualization allows contact with places and things not usually accessible by other means. Now we’ve visualized a poem, allowing people to experience and ‘see’ the poem in a new way. Nan and Fan did all the technology work.”
This coming semester, CIVS will continue to crank out new events and projects. Zhou said they are helping to start a new student club called I3DG (Immersive 3D Graphics) and the club will be holding a call-out to include students from all areas. CIVS is also planning a showcase in April for students to demonstrate their projects.
Zhou said there is also a project under development that will be used for teaching biology courses called Virtual Protein Structures.
Assistant Professor in Biology Radmila Sarac said the protein structures are published, solved crystal structures available in the database maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and they use protein visualization programs to view and examine the structures in 3D.
“For students, the 3D aspects of cell biology can be difficult to grasp. Because protein structures are inherently three-dimensional, it is difficult to demonstrate some of the structural and functional aspects utilizing diagrams and two-dimensional pictures,” Sarac said. “Therefore, by adapting the learning environment to encompass technologies such as enhanced 3D visualization, students will gain an appreciation for new, innovative methods available to learn about protein biology concepts and enhance subject understanding,”
Zhou said CIVS has partnered with local companies to solve real world problems and to provide experiential learning opportunity to PUC students. She said the strong partnerships with industry have helped PUC students find internships and jobs and she believes virtual learning will play a role in education and training in the future.read more ... CIVS marches on with new projects and student opportunities
February 15, 2012
CIVS is proud to be featured in an article of the Chicago Sun-Times, courtesy of Post-Tribune correspondent, Karen Caffarini. You can read the full article here.read more ... CIVS featured in Chicago Sun-Times, Businesswomen get virtual journey with technology
February 8, 2012
CIVS is proud to be featured in the January/February 2012 edition of the Building Indiana magazine. Read the full article, written by David Wellman, here.read more ... Visualize the Savings
February 7, 2012
The $2.7 million CIVS provides welcome expansion and increased capability from its previous campus home. Focusing on innovation, application and education, CIVS combines simulation and visualization technologies with high performance computing to solve challenging problems affecting business, industry and society.read more ... CIVS Provides Welcome Expansion and Increased Capabilities