Visualization laboratory to be featured on ‘This Week in West Virginia’

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A segment featuring Marshall University’s high-tech visualization laboratory will air at 8 p.m. tomorrow on the West Virginia Public Television program “This Week in West Virginia.”

The lab, located in the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories on Marshall’s Huntington campus, blends the virtual and real worlds into a 3-D immersive, interactive environment for use in industry, education and government. A state-of-the-art 9’x17’ high-definition stereo wall, markerless motion capture system, configurable theatric environment and virtual platforms provide opportunities for disaster simulations, emergency response training, scientific visualization and biomechanics research.

The story set to air on Friday will explore how mine safety officials and medical researchers are using the facility to further their work. Staff and faculty from the university’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences,  Dr. Felix Cheung of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Dr. Matt Comeau of the university’s athletic training program are featured.

The story is part of a new series, “Mountain State Science,” intended to highlight science and research in West Virginia. The series is made possible with support from the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

On Feb. 25, “Mountain State Science” will focus on Marshall’s MU-ADVANCE initiative to increase recruitment and retention of female science and engineering faculty.