CCIT offers free virtual reality, visualization workshops in March

Ryan Real, Public Information Coordinator
February 19, 2018

CCIT's Advanced Visualization Division can help you see your data in new and exciting ways.Virtual reality and visualization can help you better understand your data, and CCIT wants to help you get started with free VR and visualization workshops in March.

CCIT’s Advanced Visualization Division works with cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality technologies and will show you the basics in capturing 360-degree video, body scanning, video and image editing and how to bring interactive VR into the classroom on March 1.

On March 5, learn a variety of programs that will help you efficiently analyze and visualize your data, tell your data story and visualize network connectivity.

Participants will be required to bring a laptop and all classes will be held in Cooper Library 406A. More information on each workshop can be found below. To register for any of the workshops, please visit:

Virtual Reality Workshops

Creating Virtual Characters: 3D Body Scanning and Animation (March 1, 11am-12pm)

Instructor: Wole Oyekoya

This session will introduce you to working with avatars (including avatar scanning) and 3D objects. Participants will be introduced to Adobe Fuse CC, Mixamo and 3D scanners.

VR Programming using Unity3D – (March 1, 12pm-1pm)

Instructor: Andrew Hunter

Unity3D is a game development platform that is used to build high-quality 3D and 2D games and deploy them across mobile, desktop, VR/AR, consoles or websites. Participants will be shown an overview of the basic tools for editing in Unity3D.

Capturing 360-videos (March 1, 1pm-2pm)

Instructor: Jacovia Cherry

360 videos are immersive videos that allow you to provide a view in every direction at the same time. In the session, we will look at how to capture these videos using 360fly 4K video camera.

360 Image/Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (March 1, 2pm-3pm)

Instructor: Joseph Barton

Adobe Premiere Pro CC is a video editing software that allows you to work with and modify multiple 360 video files. 360 Video editing can be overwhelming at first with so many things to learn in a short period of time. In this session, we will look at the basis of 360 video editing and making a simple clip.

Bringing Interactive 360-VR into the Classroom using Thinglink (March 1, 3pm-4pm)

Instructor: Alex Moore

Thinglink is an interactive web app that allows you to upload any image file, and then tag the image with different interactive pins. Each pin is entirely customizable, and can be used to provide more information about objects in the photo, as a link to outside resources and articles, and even as an entirely different image! The user interface is simple and allows for anyone to pick up and go, but for more help there are an abundance of tutorial help guides to assist you as you start creating!

Information Visualization and Visual Analytics Workshops

Advanced Visual Analytics with Tableau (March 5, 9-10am)

Instructor: Wole Oyekoya

Tableau is a data visualization software that enables the efficient analysis and visualization of data. In this session, you’ll learn how to format and import your dataset, worksheet layout, dashboards and stories. Participants will be given a short introduction to integration of R and Python in Tableau.

Data Visualization using R Shiny (March 5, 10am-11am)

Instructor: Ingrid Nyakabwa

Shiny is an R package that makes it easy to build interactive web apps straight from R. It has an interactive approach to telling your data story and allows the user to analyze and communicate their data using various interfaces. It is also geared to R users who have no experience with web development but can benefit from it.

Information Visualization using Gephi (March 5, 11am-12pm)

Instructor: Mehrdad Yousefi

Network visualization and analysis software. The main feature of Gephi software is that it could be used for visualizing the network connectivity which has a wide range application in science, engineering and other areas like social media and network marketing.

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