The University of Maryland's Graphics and Visual Informatics Laboratory (GVIL), which is part of the Department of Computer Science and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, promotes research and education in computer graphics, scientific visualization, and virtual environments. Its goal is "to improve the efficiency and usability of visual computing applications in science, engineering, and medicine." The website provides descriptions of various projects, which study the design of algorithms and data structures appropriate for very large graphics datasets, as well as issues related to distributed graphics datasets, the influence of heterogeneous display, and rendering devices over the visual computing pipeline. Specific applications are also described, such as protein folding and rational drug design, navigation and interaction with mechanical CAD datasets, and ubiquitous access to distributed three-dimensional graphics datasets. Various publications are also available to download free of charge.
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