Office of Undergraduate Research Launches New Website

By Alex Miner on 4 Nov 2014 – 1:29 pm
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NUIT A&RT AMPS, working with Peter Civetta (Director of Undergraduate Research), has just rolled out an all new website for the Office of Undergraduate Research. This new site features stylistic influence from the new web theme designed for the Office of the Provost, an improved search engine powered by Apache SOLR, and an interactive decision tree tool to help students drill down to the content relevant to their needs. This new site was built in Drupal 7, with a blog powered by the new campus blogging solution, NU Sites.

Hello and Goodbye, Amman!

By Stephen Poon on 2 Nov 2014 – 3:07 pm
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NUAMPS just wrapped a week of production in Amman, Jordan! We’ve been privileged to work with the most welcoming of people, eat unparalleled hummus, and record incredible stories.

Who Are You Because of NU ? Webcast is live …

By Harlan Wallach on 17 Oct 2014 – 1:00 pm
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The second #NUReunion webcast from our second location has started. Follow along at the Alumni Website. Enjoy the webcast, here’s what it looks like backstage. NUIT’s Don Kenyon is monitoring the board and Stephen Poon is switching from the control room at Norris’ McCormick Auditorium.




Homecoming Reunion Webcasts are live ….

By Harlan Wallach on 17 Oct 2014 – 12:36 pm
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The Homecoming Reunion webcasts are live. Watch along with this afternoon’s events from the Alumni website. The NUIT webcast team (Zoran Ilic, and Laura Kick) are supporting the great speakers and this great event.




Department of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics Research Launches New Website

By Alex Miner on 6 Oct 2014 – 3:43 pm
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NUIT A&RT AMPS has built a new website for the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Research, to host and publicize their research efforts and publications, which launched this afternoon. This new site will act not only as a resource portal for serving up the department’s publications, but also as a hub for news, events, and information on projects & investigators at the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Research.

Featured among these resources is the Colon Rectal Cancer Screening Toolkit, a bundle of publications used worldwide which is served in multiple different languages from the site. This CRC Compendium has received a great deal of international attention and has been put into use by medical institutions across the globe. It now has a new home from which it can be globally accessed by the general public.

This new site was built fully responsively in Drupal 7, featuring content update subscription options for visitors, integrated faculty profile information dynamically pulled from Northwestern Scholars, and built on top of Apache SOLR for easily guiding visitors to relevant resources using a faceted search engine.

Oncofertility Conference – 2014

By Mark Skala on 22 Sep 2014 – 10:52 am
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For the 8 years the Oncofertility Consortium has had their annual conference, the AMPS team has been there to capture the research, the presentations, and the collaboration that is showcased.  Personally, it is my 6th year covering this conference and it’s been an exciting journey following how far the consortium has come in its research and real-world implications.

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This year, we have Laura Kick directing the event and making sure everything goes smoothly.  Myself, Dee, Stephen, Nate, are on call as well as some stellar freelancers, Aaron Dolan, and John Zachary.  Running A/V, Mike Curtis and Zoran Ilic are making sure all the presenters have their slides in order before they speak.

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It’s always exciting collaborating with the Oncofertility Consortium in all its media endeavors, and the annual conference is no exception!

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It’s Not Easy Being Clean

By Stephen Poon on 12 Sep 2014 – 5:34 pm
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The Northwestern University Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility, or NUFAB, is clean. Very clean. We’ve been on site all week on a production for NUFAB safety & protocol training, making sure all users can safely take advantage of 4,000 feet of state-of-the-art research technology.

SIGGRAPH 2014 Post-Conference Presentation

By Laura_Kick on 8 Sep 2014 – 12:38 pm
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This morning I gave a post-SIGGRAPH presentation to colleagues at A&RT.  Below is an abbreviated outline of the topics that I touched on.


SIGGRAPH 2014 – Laura Kick


  • SIGGRAPH – International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
  • This presentation will touch on:

–      Data Visualization

–      Wearable Computers

–      Cross-Platform Apps

–      Motion Control

–      Animation

A Few Benefits of SIGGRAPH

  • Many direct applications of these technologies and ideas at NUIT in the short and long term
  • Exposure to and exploration of new ideas, technologies, and approaches
  • Industry awareness
  • Inspiration and knowledge sharing with a large community of professionals
  • Personal growth and stimulating creativity

Apollo 8 – Data Visualization

Data Visualization – based on the session lead by Robert Laramee

  • Visualization is the nonfiction version of computer graphics
  • Visualization Goals:

–      Exploration (provide a tool)

–      Analysis (confirm/refute hypothesis)

–      Presentation (communication)

  • Information Visualization

–      Has no inherent geometry

–      N-dimensional

–      “Give a massive data set represented abstractly, are there interactive techniques that will allow us to drill down and see individual data points?” – Robert Laramee

–      Many Eyes

  • Free Tool, but when you upload data it’s available for everyone
  • Scientific Visualization

–      Has an inherent geometry – all data samples are associated with a location and possibly a time coordinate (x, y, z)

–      3-dimensional

–      Space and time coordinates

–      Volumetric Visualization

Immersive Visualization for Science & Research – Data Visualization

  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications @ University of Illinois
  • Hubble 3D
  • Cinematic treatment for public outreach
  • Import data à Explore data à Design scene à Render

The Glass Class w/ Mark Billinghurst – Wearable Computers

  • Trend:  Smaller, Cheaper, More Intimate
  • Hands free, always on
  • Focus on location, contextual, timely information and communication
  • The world is the experience
  • Make sure the interface is glance-able
  • Provide the least amount of interruption and let the user decide to engage or not

Gil Irizarry – Making Cross Platform Apps Quickly

  • Workshop taught by Gil Irizarry, Conoa
  • Using Eclipse Classic & Phonegap
  • We can use HTML to create apps for multiple mobile device platforms

Daniel Plemmons – Creating 3D Interactive Apps

  • How will immersive experience be impacted by technological constraints?
  • What is the goal of bringing motion control into your program?
  • Leap Motion (Visualizer)
  • Unity 3D

Project Draco – Autodesk

How to Train Your Dragon 2 & Animation Tools in the Industry

  • Start trying to create images very early on
  • Why is each character entertaining?
  • How do we get the tool out of the way?
  • What problems are artists encountering?
  • Foster collaboration where the technical side and artists see each other as peers

New York Production

By Stephen Poon on 6 Sep 2014 – 10:21 am
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We’re departing from New York today, after a brief 24 hours of production, supporting international initiatives in social entrepreneurship!

SIGGRAPH 2014 – Vancouver

By Laura_Kick on 14 Aug 2014 – 6:05 pm
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I am delighted to be at this year’s SIGGRAPH Conference in beautiful Vancouver!  This is my first time at the International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques and there are an overwhelming number of fascinating presentations, courses, and events to choose from.  This five-day conference, which wraps up today, has given me the opportunity to learn about numerous aspects of computer graphics, animation, data visualization, motion control, app development, and technology. Three highlights are described below.

The view from outside the Vancouver Conference Center


Data Visualization, an introduction:

This session discussed the goals/uses for data visualization –

1)  as a tool for exploration

2)  to analyze the data (explore a hypothesis) and

3)  as a presentation/communication method –

gave an overview of two types of data visualization –

1) Scientific visualization – meaning that the data has an inherent geometry, position and often time coordinates (examples:  Volume Visualization & Flow Visualization)

2)  Information Visualization – meaning that it has no inherent geometry –

and discussed visualization creation as well as challenges to keep in mind when designing your data visualization and areas of ongoing research.


The Glass Class – Designing Wearable Interfaces:

This class focused on head mounted computers, like Google Glass, and covered the evolution of the technology, design considerations for software, as well as challenges for wearable computers.  An interesting takeaway is the idea of designing applications for microinteractions, expecting the user to spend very little time with the app before shifting attention away.  We were reminded that with wearable devices like Google Glass, the world is the experience, not the device.


Scientific Visualization Sessions (Immersive Visualization for Science & Research; Visualize Collaborate Install):

At these two sessions I heard from people at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications about visualizing astronomical research for large planetarium shows (like at the Adler) and their work to create visualizations true to the research.  Ernie Wright from NASA’s Scientific Visualization Center shared his work to recreate the moment when an astronaut aboard Apollo 8 took the famous Earthrise photo and used his visualization to determine when precisely the photo was taken and by whom.


These are just a few of the exciting topics covered this week. I can’t wait to bring the knowledge and inspiration gained here back to A&RT!  And in honor of Canada’s two official languages, the international community I had the honor to be a part of this week, and the French computer graphics friends I’ve made here, je finis cette message en français:  Bonne soirée de Vancouver et bon courage pour les aventures de demain!

The real-time representation of my hand moving above a motion sensor, during a session on creating 3D interactive apps.