About the Immersive Visualization Center (IVC)

The human mind is naturally adapted to a 3D world. At the Qualcomm Institute’s Immersive Visualization Center, we are creating new software and systems to transform 2D data sets into interactive and intuitive 3D visualizations.

Our mission is to use immersive visualization technologies, like augmented and virtual reality, to advance the fields of medicine, defense, engineering, education and data analysis.

Our center is a space for anyone interested in collaborating and testing new technologies to improve virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) functionality, ease-of-use and affordability.

What does the Immersive Visualization Center Offer?

  • A resource for investigators and innovators with ideas for possible VR and AR applications to find collaborators that can help them realize new VR and AR solutions.
  • Access to high end VR and AR facilities at the Qualcomm Institute, like the
  • SunCAVE, WAVE, 4kave, Vroom wall
  • Access to head-mounted display VR and AR systems, like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens
RESEARCH AREAS: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D User Interfaces, Collaborative VR and AR Applications, Real-time 3D Rendering Algorithms, 3D Imaging of CT and MRI Data, Interactive Information Visualization

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Jurgen Shulze


Dr. Jurgen Schulze is an Associate Research Scientist at UCSD’s Qualcomm Institute, and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the computer
science department, where he teaches computer graphics and virtual reality. His research interests include applications for virtual and augmented reality systems, 3D human-computer interaction, and medical data visualization. He holds an M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. After his graduation he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department at Brown University working on real-time volume rendering in virtual reality.


Virtual reality is a great tool for education. At IVC, we’re using VR to help hospital patients better understand conditions impacting their health, and to bring threatened cultural sites around the globe to public universities.


Our augmented reality technology offers anyone the power to visualize large, multidimensional datasets in 3D. Users can interact with and manipulate datasets through hand gestures or a 3D controller. 


We invite researchers to share fresh, innovative ideas to support the IVC’s mission to improve artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality technologies. Our goal is to create a space and provide the resources for you to develop new and exciting tools for research across the board.


At IVC, we’re partnering with the Stanford Research Institute to increase the accuracy of artificial intelligence for use in public platforms and military and national defense.


We’re using virtual reality to transform hospital patients’ MRI/CT scans into interactive, 3D models to improve surgical outcomes and give patients a deeper understanding of their body and condition.