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HIVE Research and Demos

Pediatric Cardiology Virtual Reality for Collaborative Learning

The Stanford Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Department of Engineering have collaborated to exhibit the Stanford Virtual Heart at the HIVE. Developed by Lighthaus Inc, the Stanford Virtual Heart is an immersive and interactive virtual reality (VR) experience in congenital heart disease. Students and trainees can interact with individual hearts and teleport inside a heart with a congenital heart defect, while displaying the VR heart on the massive high fidelity HIVE screen. Dr. Alison Marsden and Dr. David Axelrod continue to collaborate as they bring the complete congenital heart disease experience to life at the HIVE. The Stanford Virtual Heart was developed with support from the Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center at Stanford and Oculus VR.

Oilfield Exploration

Working in the Oil & Gas industry requires managing terabytes of data and visualization of information in a variety of ways. Image quality and understanding of scale and opportunity for collaboration are among the crucial components in the process of exploration and production of hydrocarbons.
The main goal of a petroleum service company is to ensure that production is carried out most efficiently with minimum environmental footprint.  Achieving the goal requires a tremendous level of collaboration between experts in different domains and interpretation of data from a variety of sources. Different data characterizes and describes different aspects of a project at different scales. Each source requires a specific approach to interpretation and visualization.  The combination of 3D views of geological data with 2D map information and statistical representations of rock properties allow performing a comprehensive interpretation to develop a production strategy. Therefore, petroleum companies are constantly looking for the most efficient hi-end visualization tools to apply in operational processes.
Schlumberger and Stanford's HIVE visualization lab carried out several presentations of new visualization technologies. The events included streaming and visualization of extremely large 3D seismic data sets directly from the cloud as well as a demonstration of visualization using Virtual Reality (VR). Seismic visualization is a sophisticated process used by experts to get insights about potential distribution of hydrocarbons in a field. The HIVE system provides the highest image quality on a scale that allows multiple experts to work with the same data set and inspect details of the field simultaneously. This was one of the main demos Schlumberger and Stanford presented to guests at the Fizz forum, an international Oil & Gas petroleum conference organized by Schlumberger in May 2017. The feedback from the attendees was very positive. Many of them highlighted that it would be beneficial to use the same visualization system in their daily work.
HIVE is a powerful tool for running Virtual Reality demos and streaming the first person view image on large-scale high-definition screens. This environment allows an audience to share the experience with a person in a VR headset, immersed in the virtual environment. Schlumberger and Stanford organized interactive VR demos for Stanford’s strategic partners and students from different departments. This fusion of the technology has a powerful appeal and may have a lot of potential in the future.
The HIVE system enables teams to get insights from the data and see details that otherwise can be missed. It promotes collaboration between experts and allows investigation of data in a highly efficient way. This makes the HIVE visualization experience very promising for oilfield exploration and production workflows.

Visualizing Hidden Cognitive Demands and Engagement Patterns of Global Learners

You are in an online meeting with your cross-disciplinary, geographically distributed project team. Do you know your cognitive load? Do you know your potential degree of engagement? What is the team’s engagement level? 

Globalization and advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) have led global teamwork across geographical and cultural boundaries to become a common practice in both education and industry.

Dr. Renate Fruchter and his team at the Project Based Learning Laboratory (PBL Lab) in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford, embarked on an exploratory NSF sponsored project, called UNCODE, to uncover hidden cognitive demands on global learners. 

The HIVE provides the PBL Lab a valuable and new high definition lens to visualize and analyze this rich big data. This resulted in further data analytics, integrating and aggregating the data, allowing them to display in the HIVE “engagement portraits” of individual global learners as well as global teams, and develop a framework of engagement archetypes.

Cartographic Visualization

The HIVE allows the David Rumsey Map Center to demonstrate how high-resolution digitized maps can reveal many surprises.

Stanford Geospatial Center

A Critical Piece of Infrastructure for the Stanford Geospatial Center

The HIVE has provided a dynamic environment for introducing students and faculty of the Stanford Geospatial Center to cutting edge tools for analyzing satellite and other imagery based data in a way that is visually striking and engaging. It has essentially become a critical piece of infrastructure. For example, The Stanford Geospatial Center recently supported Stanford Medical School researchers in preparing for the first randomized public health survey of nomadic pastoralist groups in the remote South Omo region of Ethiopia. In order to identify the locations of these highly mobile populations, the Stanford Geospatial Center assembled workflows based upon the most recently available high resolution DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and the Humanitarian Open Street Map Task Manager . On a typical desktop monitor, this type of reconnaissance work would require hundreds of hours, but the HIVE’s array of high resolution screens allowed for the examination of dozens of square kilometers of satellite imagery at full resolution, in a single view, reducing the task to about 3 days of work for a single imagery analyst. Because of the temporal constraints (identifying the locations of VERY highly mobile populations), the project simply wouldn’t have been possible without the HIVE.

Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) IT Business Intelligence

The HIVE, with its impressive visual scale, has enabled a more intuitive visual analysis of R&DE's operations, allowing for a holistic view across many important dimensions of their business together with more granular details.