Kalina Borkiewicz

Kalina Borkiewicz
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign | UIUC · National Center for Supercomputing Applications

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Presenting data in visually appealing formats has long been a useful science communication technique. Millions of people around the world have encountered scientific visualizations through documentary films on giant and small screens. Visual effects software from the film industry can increasingly be used to visualize scientific data. Such cinemati...
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Artifact removal is an integral component of cinematic scientific visualization, and is especially challenging with big datasets in which artifacts are difficult to define. In this paper, we describe a method for creating cloud artifact masks which can be used to remove artifacts from satellite imagery using a combination of traditional image proce...
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Conversion of sunlight into chemical energy, namely photosynthesis, is the primary energy source of life on Earth. A visualization depicting this process, based on multiscale computational models from electronic to cell scales, is presented in the form of an excerpt from the fulldome show Birth of Planet Earth. This accessible visual narrative show...
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Scientific visualization tools are currently not optimized to create cinematic, production-quality representations of numerical data for the purpose of science communication. In our pipeline Estra, we outline a step-by-step process from a raw simulation into a finished render as a way to teach non-experts in the field of visualization how to achiev...
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Scientific visualization tools are currently not optimized to create cinematic, production-quality representations of numerical data for the purpose of science communication. In our pipeline \texttt{Estra}, we outline a step-by-step process from a raw simulation into a finished render as a way to teach non-experts in the field of visualization how...
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The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) is part of the the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The AVL is led by Professor Donna Cox, who coined the term "Renaissance Team", with the belief that bringing together specialists of diverse backgrounds creates a team that is greater than...
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This visualization of the quantum-mechanical process of photosynthesis involved combining structural models from atomic, protein, organelle, and cell scales. We descend into a prehistoric hot spring, revealing primitive bacteria which use an early form of photosynthesis to turn sunlight into chemical energy in structures called chromatophores. This...
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This visualization of a scientific simulation shows the giant impact that formed the Moon. 4.5 billion years ago, the early Earth collided with a Mars-sized rock called "Theia", resulting in a spinning disk of lava and vaporized rock hotter than the surface of the sun. In this sequence, we see the first 24 hours of the 100-year process of our Moon'...
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Cinematic scientific visualizations turn complex scientific phenomena and concepts into stunning graphics and make them easier for the general public to comprehend. Adding interactivity to cinematic scientific visualizations is highly beneficial especially for educational purposes, as it keeps the viewers engaged and promotes active learning [Cano...
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The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) is part of the the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The AVL is led by Professor Donna Cox, who coined the term "Renaissance Team", with the belief that bringing together specialists of diverse backgrounds creates a team that is greater than...
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The scientific visualization of a chromatophore, a photosynthetic organelle, required the creation of a software integration pipeline to combine scientific software, visual effects tools, and custom camera choreography software. Furthermore, the rendering of this visualization in both fulldome and 4K3D format was done using a custom supercomputer r...
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We have entered the era of multidimensional large datasets represented by increasingly complex data structures. Current tools for scientific visualization are not optimized to efficiently and intuitively create cinematic production quality, time-evolving representations of numerical data for broad impact science communication via film, media, or jo...
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Cinematic scientific visualization demystifies complex scientific concepts for general audiences, which helps them defend themselves against misinformation in popular media. Researchers from the University of Illinois will show techniques for representing data accurately while making it not only approachable, but beautiful and compelling to experts...
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The rapid growth in scale and complexity of both computational and observational astrophysics over the past decade necessitates efficient and intuitive methods for examining and visualizing large datasets. Here we discuss some newly developed tools to import and manipulate astrophysical data into the three dimensional visual effects software, {\it...

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