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.

All students interested in scientific, educational, or artistic visualization are encouraged to enter the competition and to stretch their skills and imaginations and demonstrate their prowess at analytical, artistic or cartographic visualization.

To enter the competition, submit the entry form by Jan. 23, 2009 to Tom Allen, Associate Director, RENCI at ECU, RW 112, or Department of Geography, Brewster A-227. Completed forms can also be sent electronically to

All those who enter will be given access to the visualization wall and ongoing technical assistance by RENCI staff. The wall has stereoscopic 3D capability and is configured for running Windows XP-compatible software, specifically ArcGIS, Imagine, Google Earth, Sketchup, Fledermaus, Visual Nature Studio, QT

Modeler, FluxPlayer VRML, and 3DEM. For other software needs or more information, contact Stephen Sanchagrin at or call (252) 737-1864.

The contest is open to all currently enrolled ECU students. A limited number of stipends will be provided to winning entrants.  Entrants must display their visualization on the RENCI Visualization Wall during ECU’s Research Week and Creative Achievement Week, March 30 – April 3, 2009.  Each student will give a five-minute presentation.

A panel of faculty judges will determine the winners. The RENCI at ECU Visualization Challenge is sponsored by RENCI at ECU, the Center for Natural Hazards Research, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for GIScience, and the ECU geography department.  For more information, see the RENCI at ECU website.

RENCI…Catalyst for Innovation

The Renaissance Computing Institute brings together teams of talented researchers, engineers, technologists and leaders in government, business, the arts and humanities to attack major research questions and community issues in ways that accelerate discovery and drive innovation. RENCI has nationally significant expertise and capabilities in high performance computing, visualization, collaborative tools, networking, device prototyping, and data systems as well as engagement sites across the state. Founded in 2004 as a major collaborative venture of Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina, RENCI is a statewide virtual organization.  For more, see