The aixCAVE at RWTH Aachen University

Torsten Wolfgang Kuhlen, Geert Mathys
In Chapter 09 "VR/AR Use Cases" of "Virtual and Augmented Reality - Foundations and Methods of Extended Realities"

At a large technical university like RWTH Aachen, there is enormous potential to use VR as a tool in research. In contrast to applications from the entertainment sector, many scientific application scenarios - for example, a 3D analysis of result data from simulated flows - not only depend on a high degree of immersion, but also on a high resolution and excellent image quality of the display. In addition, the visual analysis of scientific data is often carried out and discussed in smaller teams. For these reasons, but also for simple ergonomic aspects (comfort, cybersickness), many technical and scientific VR applications cannot just be implemented on the basis of head-mounted displays. To this day, in VR Labs of universities and research institutions, it is therefore desirable to install immersive large-screen rear projection systems (CAVEs) in order to adequately support the scientists. Due to the high investment costs, such systems are used at larger universities such as Aachen, Cologne, Munich, or Stuttgart, often operated by the computing centers as a central infrastructure accessible to all scientists at the university.

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