CAVEkiosk: A VR Tool for Outreach and Research in Archaeology

The CAVEkiosk at UC San Diego is a high-definition virtual reality system located on the ground floor of the university’s Geisel Library. One of a number of such kiosks stationed at University of California campuses at Berkeley, Merced and Los Angeles, the CAVEkiosk uses a combination of panoramic imagery, data point clouds and 3D models to create a lifelike display of threatened cultural sites around the globe. Currently, visitors to the Geisel Library can use the CAVEkiosk to explore sites in Greece, Egypt, Israel and Jordan.

The UC San Diego CAVEkiosk also operates as a research hub connecting scientists on the forefront of archaeological research. Through a high-speed network called the Pacific Research Platform, or PRP, researchers can now share and access 3D archaeological datasets collected from anywhere in the world at kiosks on participating UC campuses. The shared system is designed to help researchers collaborate toward archiving and ultimately preserving at-risk cultural heritage sites.

This project was spearheaded by Dr. Thomas Levy and Dr. Jurgen Schulze. Funding was provided by a Research Catalyst award from the University of California Office of the President.

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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.


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