IAV Center

About Us

The Information Analytics and Visualization (IAV) Center is one of Centers of Excellence at Purdue University Fort Wayne. The IAV Center opened on February 23, 2011 with a $500,000 grant awarded from the Lilly Endowment Inc. through the Talent Initiative program .

The IAV Center serves as a valuable resource for northeast Indiana that strives to support excellence in teaching and learning at Purdue Fort Wayne, and contribute to the development of the region through research and innovative endeavor. The center conducts research pertaining to information analytics and visualization, develops collaborative projects with regional industry and other research institutions, and engages in multidisciplinary projects with faculty and students from across the university. Several projects are on-going with Purdue Fort Wayne students, faculty, and other collaborating institutions in the areas of visualization, virtual reality, computer graphics, simulation, 3D vision technology, and mobile graphics. Our research projects have been funded by NSF/S2ERC, Lilly Endowment Inc., Purdue Fort Wayne, and regional industry.

The IAV Center equipped with cutting-edge computing resources, including: a one-wall projection system with an optical tracking system; 20-node 160 core Beowulf cluster; SGI Altix UV 10 graphics workstation; workstations designed for intensive graphics applications; and 3D vision display and haptic devices.


The mission of the IAV Center is:

  • to promote and conduct research pertaining to information analytics and visualization;
  • to provide state-of-the-art resources for faculty and students to engage in multidisciplinary research in the areas of visualization, information processing and visual analytics, data mining and knowledge discovery, virtual reality technology, usability engineering, semantic computing, machine learning, networking, and security;
  • actively seek partnerships with regional business, industry, and government enterprises to collaborate on projects of mutual interest, to obtain state and federal grants, and to offer seminars and workshops addressing contemporary research, technology, and applications.