from the visionary dept.
A team of researchers at the Center for Image Processing and Integrated Computing (CIPIC) at the University of California, Davis are applying virtual reality to help scientists to see and handle large, complex sets of data. According to the press release on their work, the researchers say the simplest way to handle this data is to make it visible, so that scientists can "see" what is happening in an experiment. Virtual reality allows researchers to interact with the data while they are looking at it, making changes and seeing what happens.
The center is also offering a graduate-level class in which students learn how to build and work with virtual reality environments.