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Oliver Staadt University of California, Davis

Oliver Staadt

Professor Oliver Staadt
University of California
Computer Science Department
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616


3009 Kemper Hall

Phone +1 (530) 752-4821
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About Oliver Staadt

Oliver Staadt is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, he has been Senior Research Associate in the Computer Graphics Lab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He received a MSc degree in Computer Science from the Darmstadt Technical University, Germany, in 1995 and a PhD in Computer Science in 2001 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland. His past research includes multi-resolution representations and compression of surface and volume data.

Professor Staadt is a faculty researcher in the Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization (IDAV). This institute provides the research environment for the Graphics and Visualization Research Group at UC Davis. He is futhermore a member of the W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES) and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

The Virtual Reality Lab

Display WallBuilding Immersive Virtual Reality systems, in which models are presented to a user in a way that evokes approximately naturalistic cognition patters as would be expected during interaction with a similar physical environment, have been a dream of researchers since the 1960s. Recent technological advances in the development of, for example, commodity clusters, graphics hardware, and projection technology make possible new immersive displays combined with three-dimensional interaction devices.

The six-tile PowerWall, which has recently been installed in the Virtual Reality Laboratory, has a resolution of 3072 x 1536 pixels, supports stereoscopic projection, six-degree-of-freedom input devices and is driven by a nine-node Linux cluster. In collaboration with students and researchers from Computer Science, the Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization (IDAV), and the Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES), we are investigating new methods for visualizing massive data in immersive interactive environments.

Alongside the development of immersive visualization applications, we focus our research in the area of Tele-Immersion systems. Such a system combines immersive virtual reality with representation of humans that are approximately realistic, and ideally meets all important human factors requirements related to communication and collaboration that have previously only been met by physical co-presence.

The Virtual Reality Laboratory was founded in 2002 by Prof. Oliver Staadt. The lab currently houses four graduate students and one post-doc working on problems such as immersive visualization, interactive modeling, physically-based simulations, and sonification.


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