Visualisation Centre

Building Esclangon, 1st floor

More than ever, strong multidisciplinary collaborations are needed to achieve significant breakthroughs in complex problems. Visualisation is considered a bridge between disciplines, for its ability to share and understand data and models in a convenient and effective manner.

The data Visualisation Centre offers an immersive space to display, analyse and understand data in a meaningful way. The infrastructure is designed around the need for researchers to share their expertise in order to tackle scientific challenges.

The centre is supported by the Institute who is committed to provide high-quality service, in a high-end environment. For information or questions about the Visualisation Center, please email

To schedule your data event, submit a reservation request online.

Visualisation auditorium

The visualisation auditorium is a theater shaped room that is home to the visualisation wall, a high resolution 6.5mx2.5m display. The curved screen supports 3D visualisation using glasses for immersive display. The room is equipped with powerful computer resources and speaker system. It can be used with personal laptops as well.
Take a look (PDF booklet) at the genesis of this challenging project, from its design to its construction.

Resources, experimental technologies


The Center's in-house staff provide expert support and consulting to ensure that researchers achieve the full potential for their projects. We offer training sessions to enable researchers to use our systems effectively.


The curved screen area gives users a 6.2m. x 2.5m., 3800 x 1280 resolution display, which is driven by two ProjectionDesign F35 AS3D overhead projectors and a high-end Dell workstation.


The Visualisation Centre offers opportunities to SU faculty, staff and students to use visualisation, interaction and computational resources for the exploration and presentation of their data.

Research Projects

The Visualisation Center’s experts provide innovative and efficient tools to scientists and maintain a high-end equipment.
ISCD’s software programme provides algorithms and libraries to perform computations and data processing. The codes are all distributed under Open source licenses, which are compliant with the Open Source Definition – in brief, they can be freely used, modified, and shared.
Archaeologists and scientists of various fields are extensively scanning data. Ancient Roman landmarks, medieval building and cities, bones of primitive humans are under investigation. The aim is to obtain high-resolution accurate 3D models on which to perform numerical simulations (material stress, acoustic, fluid dynamics, etc.). This allows to compare forms, to formulate historical hypothesis, and maybe more importantly, to reproduce and verify the analysis. Experts at the Visualisation Centre are developing new algorithms and computer applications to visualise and investigate these 3D models, combining techniques from real time rendering software with numerical simulation approaches.
The problem of face reconstruction based on the information of a skull finds many applications in archaeology, paleontology, forensics, and criminal expertise, to name a few. Scientists at ISCD have developed innovative, effective and fully automatic mathematical techniques to obtain a 3D virtual visage from a digitized skull. Our visualisation experts have conceived dedicated programs to produce textured realistic models based on anthropologic elements. This allows real time visualisation of unknown individuals at an unrivaled degree of realism. This multidisciplinary approach will find challenging applications in providing historical portraits as well as in helping resolve the problem of finding the identity of a person.
Gaining understanding and insight in the data by means of graphical representations is the main goal of scientific visualisation. To help scientists manipulating and analysing their data, visualisation experts at ISCD have developed dedicated tools based on computer simulation, real-time realistic rendering and volume visualisation techniques, which find applications throughout a variety of disciplines.