The Visualization of Astrophysical Data:

Bringing together Science, Art and Education

The visualization of real astrophysical data sets is a powerful tool for communicating science to the public and for teaching. The confluence of high quality data sets such as SDSS & WMAP, advances in computational techniques, and the continued march of Moore's law has enabled the use of stunningly beautiful and scientifically accurate images, animations, and interactives in a variety of settings (e.g. TV programs, museums, websites, digital planetaria, magazines, & undergraduate classrooms). Two dimensional, three dimensional, and hyper-dimensional (e.g. color coded 3D data) representations convey large amounts of information in a visceral fashion that can inform both experts and the public. As the data and techniques have progressed the boundaries between art and science have begun to blur and move towards research. This workshop will bring together astrophysicists, visualizers, and educators to discuss the current status and to debate the future direction of astronomical visualization as a tool for research, education, and public outreach.

Organizers: Randy Landsberg, Josh Frieman, Andrew Hamilton (CU Boulder), Andrey Kravtsov, Mark SubbaRao, & Alex Szalay (JHU).

Presentations and Video Clips

Randy LandsbergWelcome and IntroTalk(PDF)
Adrienne GauthierInstructional Design Strategies for Instructional Technologies Utilizing Data VisualizationPoster(PDF)
Curtis WongInteractive narrative content and context for visualizationTalk(PPT) - Interactive from Da Vinci CDROM (Windows only)
Frank SummersAccuracy & Aesthetics: Scientific Visualizations Using Hollywood ToolsTalk(PPT),movie 47MB(avi)
Stuart LevyTelling Lies to VisualizeTalk(PDF), movie1(mpeg), movie2(quicktime)
Ryan WyattImmersive Visualizationwyatt_ucViz2005.tar(194 MB!!!)
Ka Chun YuKa Chun Yu, Denver Museum of Nature & Science A Real-Time Milky Way Galaxy SimulationTalk
Kaoru Kimura3D Science Live ShowTalk(PPT)
Toshiyuki TakaheiEmbeddingTalk(PPT)Printable(PPT)
Andrew JohnsonCollaborative visualization using high-resolution tile displaysTalk(PPT)
Mark WhittleBig Bang Acoustics: The Sound of CreationTalk(PPT)
Dinoj SurendranAutomating VisualizationTalk(PPT)
Randy Landsberg, Dinoj Surendran, Mark SubbaRaoCosmus GeoWall demosMapping the Universe video short shown on the PSP(90MB)
Alexandra BarnettOutcomes from a NASA Explorer Institute session on digital domes and data.Poster(PPT)
Alex GriswoldExpanding the Universe in the Classroom'': Visualizing Key Cosmological Principles Using 3-D AnimationPoster(PPT)
Alexander SzalayVisual exploration of large astronomical databases
Jordan RaddickUsing Data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in the ClassroomTalk(PPT)
Tin Kam HoMirage -- Interactive Pattern Discovery with Large Imaging DatabasesTalk(PPT) also a flyer for Mirage.
Andrew HamiltonBlack Hole Flight SimulatorCurtis Wong took some movies of the presentation on his digital camera movie1, movie2, movie3 .
John DubinskiGravitas: Animations of Galaxy Dynamics
Alyssa GoodmanAn "Institute for Innovative Computing" at HarvardTalk(PPT),Movie1(mpeg)
Andrew HansonSolar JourneyBlack Hole zoom in movie(mov)
Doug RobertsStereo Image Database Demo
Brian AbbottDigital Universe Demo
Carter EmmartUniview Demo
Edward BachtaA Case Study in the Visualization of Supernova Simulation DataTalk(PPT)
Chris MihosVisualizing Galaxy CollisionsTalk

Annotated Resources

The Value of Visualization


Educational Research

Outcomes and Recomendations