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VISIT: technologies and applications

The facilities provided by the Consortium are at the forefront in Europe for both the computing power, that researchers can use to complete their research through visualization of data, and the availability of software tools. In several cases the Consortium had to implement appropriate software, unavailable on the market, suitable to complete certain projects: for example the application of image processing and scientific visualization to the Senna trial, the development of Visman for browsing and visualizing 3D scenes and the recent realization of the Blender Render Farm to produce cinema-quality computer graphics, including 3D.

Even in the use of images, Cineca is at the forefront. Since 1999 provides researchers with a virtual theater for immersive visualization of data.

Besides technology, however, it is important our ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, combined with the ability to transfer technologies and expertise, developed in the context of scientific visualization and computer graphics, to various fields, from cultural heritage to the industrial context. The application of visualization techniques covers both the classical scientific disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology and climatology, and other research areas as the urban sector, forensic, cultural, …

The training and dissemination of acquired skills is an integral part of the activities of the Consortium. Each year Cineca organizes workshops about scientific visualization and 3D interactive graphics and Advanced Schools, in particular on Virtual Cultural Heritage, aimed at students and young researchers.

Cineca staff takes part in events and conferences that cover the different areas of application of scientific visualization, bringing his experience and actively working in the creation of exhibitions and conferences. The Virtual Theatre, then, is both a space to analyze the data (watching for understanding) and a popular space that can accommodate events of scientific communication and education (for local events, such as La Scienza in Piazza and Cronobie, or international, such as "La Notte dei ricercatori - EverydayScience").