Scientific Visualization Seminar and Workshop

GEOL 702H sec 1, Call No. 82707
Interested Undergraduates can take GEOL 495, section 004, call number 82704 for one credit, which will meet concurrently.

This spring, the Sci-Vis Seminar will combine with Geol 761 (call #84279), a.k.a. Magnetism and Earth. Students will work on projects in the MSM MMV lab under Bob Karlin for 3 credits. You should register for Geol 702H s1 or 495 s4 ONLY if you want to do a one-credit project.

Course Outline, Spring 1997

Coordinator: J. Louie, 217 LME, x4219,

In the schedule below you can click on the topics for which a WWW page is available:

Tentative Schedule - Not Offered Spring 1998

Date		Topic					Instructors
Jan.	22	Overview and Visualization Concepts	J. Louie

2-D Visualization and Publication 29 Portable Document Concepts J. Louie Feb. 5 Postscript Workshop (in LMR 286) J. Louie 12 World-Wide Web Tools (in LMR 286) J. Louie 19 Color and Scalar Fields (in LMR 286) J. Louie

Animation 26 3-D Modeling Principles J. Louie Mar. 5 Java Prog. and Toolkits (in LMR 286) W. Hendricks 12 Smooth Scalar Fields and Isosurfaces J. Louie (in LME 320)

Geographic Information 19 An Overview of GIS G. Raines 26 GIS Tools for Map Analysis G. Raines Apr. 2 (Spring Break)

3-D Visualization 9 Virtual Reality Modeling and 3D Formats W. Hendricks 16 Rough Scalar Fields and Transparency J. Louie 23 Weds: NO CLASS 30 Video Prep. Workshop (in LMR 286) J. Louie May 1 Thurs 3PM: Data Visualizer (in LMR 286) S. Wheatcraft

6 Tues 3PM: Image Processing K. Smith Project Presentation (in LME 320) J. Skalbeck

Lectures are on Wednesdays from 3:00 until 4:00 or 5:00 in LMR 353. Some of the Workshops may be held in the Mackay School of Mines Mapping, Modeling, and Visualization Lab on the second floor of the LMR building in room 286; or in the Seismology Sun workstation lab, on the third floor of the LME building in room 320. Workshop participants will receive class accounts for use in the lab, or other facilities to be used. Other events will be announced. The community is welcome at all sessions.

Grading: Students who just want to sit in on the talks and workshops will receive one credit and a grade based on attendance. To get two or three credits, graduate students have to work on a visualization project. This would involve some application of the concepts discussed in the seminar to develop a detailed visualization example, probably in cooperation with a research project at UNR. The result of your project would be a poster or video presentation, or a live demonstration; in addition you would turn in a 5-10 page project report plus all software you develop, fully documented. Your grade would be based on your presentation, your report, and an evaluation from any research advisor you collaborate with. Please discuss project topics with the coordinator no later than the first week of the semester.

Each presenter will contribute to a resource of three data bases. These resources will be available on reserve in the Mines Library (lower floor of Getchell Library), via anonymous ftp from ( in the vis directory, and by using World Wide Web interfaces (e.g.: Netscape, Mosaic, Lynx) at the URL These sites will contain PostScript versions of a bibliography, a list of software vendors and ftp sites, and the lecture viewgraphs and outlines.

Instructor's home page: J. Louie.

Students with WWW home pages are:

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