Advanced Data Visualisation FAQ


 

 

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Booking BEARView (Visualisation Suite)

Question:

How to book the visualisation resource in BEAR View?


Answer:

The room  can be booked through https://universityofbirmingham.service-now.com/

Although we are here to help, the Research support team are not able to provide specific expertise in the areas  of: data visualisation techniques, rendering processes, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or your chosen scientific visualisation software.

Visualisation Kit

Question:

What resources are available in the data visualisation suite?


Answer:
  • Visualisation room with a PowerWall screen for 3D image modelling
  • Scientific visualisation applications – directly (Avizo, ParaView and FreeWRL) or indirectly (VRML)
  • Active Stereo Glasses
  • Head and body motion sensors

Visualisation Rate (Costs)

Question:

How much does it cost to use the Visualisation service?


Answer:

The service is free for all researchers undertaking research work.

Visualisation Defined

Question:

What is data visualisation?


Answer:

Visualization is taking raw data and converting it to a form that is viewable and understandable by humans. It is much easier to understand information in a visual form compared to large table with lot of row and columns.

Scientific Visualisation

Question:

Why visualize scientific data?


Answer:

Researchers mainly use visualisation for:

  • Exploratory Analysis: the search for hypotheses
  • Confirmatory Analysis: the confirmation or rejection of hypotheses
  • Presentation: the presentation of facts that is fixed and self-evident

3D Stereoscopic Visualisation

Question:

What is Stereoscopic Visualisation?


Answer:

The process by which humans perceived three dimension from two similar, overlaid images

Virtual Reality (VR)

Question:

What is virtual reality?


Answer:

Virtual reality is a computer generated simulated that enables people to interact with visual and sensory three-dimensional objects through the use of computer modelling. Virtual reality is also used in scientific visualisation using computer graphics to express scientific concepts.

Managing Big data for Scientific Visualisation

Question:

Where do your data resides?


Answer:

When opening a service-now request call to use the visualisation suite, you must provide the below information when making the request:
Specify whether your big data sets reside on removal storage device (USB, memory card, external hard drive, etc.), directly attached storage or network attached storage. In addition, you must specify how much data you expect to visualise.

Big Data

Question:

What is big data?


Answer:

Big data is a collection of facts contained in large data sets.


Last Modified: 15 March 2016