data, devices and interaction

Laboratory

NIU’s Data, Devices, and Interaction Laboratory (ddiLab) supports a range of computer science research projects, with an emphasis on visualization and data analysis coupled to high-performance computing in the support of science. 

ddiLab co-directors Joseph Insley (School of Art and Design) and Michael Papka (Department of Computer Science) are leading several collaborative research projects focused on the interaction between user and tools; specifically, how computers support and enhance knowledge and discovery. The ddiLab provides opportunities for NIU students to assist with research related to these and future projects.

Current research interests include:

  • The life cycles of sensor and computer-generated data
  • The use of high-resolution and interactive displays to analyze sensor and computer-generated data
  • The application of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to scientific problems

Current Students

  • Hal Brynteson (Undergraduate) [Virtual Reality]
  • Nolan Cooper (Undergraduate) [Augmented Reality and Dynamic Object Tracking]
  • Bharat Kale (Graduate) [Information Visualization]
  • May Myo Khine (Undergraduate) [Array of Things]
  • Ryan Lewis (Undergraduate) [3D Printing, Virtual Reality and Array of Things]
  • Ivan Sanchez (Undergraduate) [Virtual Reality]
  • Matthew Swed (Undergraduate) [Array of Things]
  • Ryan Sy (Undergraduate) [Array of Things]
  • Ankita Upadhyay (Graduate) [Information Visualization]

Directors

Joseph Insley 

Time Arts

jinsley@niu.edu

Michael E. Papka 

Computer Science

papka@niu.edu

The ddiLab is part of  Northern Illinois University with support from the National Science Foundation (OAC1532133) and equipment donations from nVidia and Intel.