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Stanford opens state-of-the-art facility for collaborative scientific visualization

Stanford opens state-of-the-art facility for collaborative scientific visualization

An immersive visualization environment, the HIVE will give researchers a powerful new tool to advance our knowledge across many disciplines.

"Seeing is believing," or so the saying goes. A new facility housed in the Huang Engineering Center gives that old adage a forward spin: Seeing is understanding.

Stanford's new HANA Immersive Visualization Environment, or HIVE for short, is designed to give researchers a powerful new tool to see, study and solve problems in every realm of knowledge from biology to cosmology and from engineering to art.

With a screen 10 feet tall and 24 feet wide, the HIVE resembles a small movie theater. But rather than one large screen, the HIVE is an assemblage of 35 high-definition displays. These displays can work together to offer a detailed and magnified view of one image, or be individually programmed to display side-by-side visualization of different images.

Members of the campus community are invited to see this new collaborative research and teaching facility from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 6, in the basement of Huang Engineering, Room 050. The HIVE was recently launched in a private ceremony.