Data Ingestion

We work with domain scientists and receive massive supercomputer simulation or observed datasets.

Data Translation and Import

We create data readers and translate the scientific datasets to work with our software, such as the commercial visual effects tool, Houdini.

Derivative Data Creation

We create derivative data, such as streamlines or isosurfaces.


We downsample the large datasets and preview them interactively in our custom software, Partiview.

Scene Design

We design scenes that often include multiple registered datasets, lighting, and color transfer functions.

Camera Design

We design immersive journeys through the data with our custom camera choreography software, Virtual Director.

Rendering and Compositing

We render 3D datasets and composite them with other elements such as backgrounds.

Image Postprocessing

We adjust color and put on final touches to fine-tune our 2D images.

Scientific Visualization Methods

Scientific Visualization Methods

The AVL does research in visualization techniques and technologies. We work with University of Illinois students and faculty on solving large visualization problems. A selection of our publications can be found here.
Academic organizations focusing on these areas of research include ACM SIGGRAPH and IEEE Vis

Emergent Media Technologies

Emergent Media Technologies

A special focus of AVL’s work in emergent media technologies is 4K stereo display. AVL’s research into 4K stereo applications is situated in those interdisciplinary spaces where computing meets communications and engineering meets entertainment and informal education. 4K stereo displays have been called “immersive” because of the incredibly color saturated and photo-realistic viewing experience they provide.
In addition to AVL, major contributors to 4K stereo research include: CineGrid, JVC North America R&D Center ILA Technology Group, NVIDIA, RED Digital Cinema, Sony Electronics America, Toshiba Display Systems, and Zaxel Systems.