The Science of Sound

Visualization project aims to help the deaf hear.

Charles Finley, a research associate professor in the Univeristy of North Carolina School of Medicine, leads a team that uses high performance computing and advanced visualization tools to improve the design and application of cochlear implants. These implants can restore hearing in people with profound hearing losses enough to restore functional speech understanding of speech and other sounds. A receiver on the exterior of the skull collects sound and passes electric impulses to the implant, which generates electric impulses to stimulate nerve cells in the inner ear. Read more

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Carolina Entrepreneurs launch business ideas at RENCI

CHAPEL HILL, December 12, 2008–Carolina Launch Pad, the new pre-commercial incubator for UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff and students, is underway and its five inaugural ventures moved into office space at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) in early December. Read more

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RENCI has the “touch” at SC08

CHAPEL HILL, December 8, 2008 — RENCI’S custom-built multi-touch table and holopanel display system piqued the interest of attendees at SC08, the international conference of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis held Nov. 15-21 in Austin, TX.

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ECU students sought for second visualization challenge

The Renaissance Computing Institute at East Carolina University invites students to participate in a competition of innovative visualization using the RENCI at ECU visualization wall located in Brewster Hall C-202 on the ECU campus.

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RENCI looks at InfoMesa as a tool in the SCR

CHAPEL HILL, NC, November 6, 2008 – The staff at RENCI’s engagement center on the UNC Chapel Hill campus have been using InfoMesa, a Technology Demonstrator being built by a community of developers and sponsored by Microsoft Life Science, as a tool for working with datasets in the center’s Social Computing Room (SCR). The SCR operates as a 360-degree desktop with visual displays running on all four walls, using 12 projectors behind each wall. Read more

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Weather Web stations set for installation

CHAPEL HILL, NC, November 6, 2008 – Alexander and Yancey counties will be home to new weather stations in November, providing residents and emergency responders access to real-time weather and climate data and students scientific data for classroom curricula as a result of the Renaissance Computing Institute’s (RENCI) Weather Web competition. Read more

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Blowing through Manhattan


Alan Huber spent an entire career with the US Environmental Protection Agency studying how pollutants disperse on the wind through urban environments. Read more

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RENCI roles out new emergency management tools at NCEMA fall conference

Clemmons, NC – The 2008 annual fall meeting of the North Carolina Emergency Management Association (NCEMA) featured a variety of resources and disaster management tools developed by RENCI. Read more

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RENCI, NC State astrophysicist create ‘explosive’ visualization

BALTIMORE—RENCI visualization researchers and John Blondin, an astrophysicist and professor in the NC State physics department, won the awards for Best Scientific and Best Overall Image at the Computational Engineering International (CEI) Visualization 2008 conference held recently in Baltimore. Read more

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RENCI, Duke, Infinera to collaborate on prototype experimental network framework

Chapel Hill, NC—A research team involving the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), Duke University and Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN) is one of 29 teams across the nation that will participate in the first phase of the National Science Foundation’s Global Environments for Network Innovation (GENI) project. Read more

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