GIS, Visualization, XR & Modeling

The complexity of large-scale datasets and new forms of born-digital scholarship demands new methods and tools that keep pace with contemporary research. The IDRE GIS, Visualization, XR and Modeling program emphasizes the ‘spatial turn’ that is opening up new opportunities for discovery and innovation.

For GIS, the impact it has had on research at UCLA cannot be overstated. Disciplines across the campus have embraced spatial thinking to build knowledge within their primary fields and as part of interdisciplinary teams exploring broad research themes and grand challenges. Visualization encompasses a broad range of analytic tools and techniques that includes GIS, 3D modeling, and data and statistical visualizations. Extended reality or XR technologies offers a spectrum of experiences on a reality-virtuality continuum, including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and 360 degree capture, offering new possibilities for engagement, interaction, and immersion. 3D computer modeling is considered a subset of visualization that involves the generation of geometry either manually, from data, or from a scanning process.

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