Visualizing Data with DataCube, an Augmented Reality TooL

DataCube is a group-friendly, augmented reality platform that allows users to visualize complex datasets in 3D through Microsoft HoloLens headsets. With DataCube, users can represent data in dynamic scatterplots with as many as six dimensions, including color, trace line, sphere size and the x, y and z axes. Users also have the choice of interacting with and manipulating datasets through hand gestures or a 3D controller. AR is an inherently visual means of representing data that allows multiple users to collaboratively analyze complex datasets. Currently, DataCube is helping researchers visualize and understand patterns in population health. In the future, the platform could be expanded to visualize and facilitate data mining of large, multidimensional datasets in other fields of research.

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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.