Corporate Development

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with the power of visualization.


The IC was founded in 2014 with the aim of defining the future by anticipating changes in the broader world. While a key part of our mission is to identify and develop future learning methods for our students that align changing technology with workforce needs, an underlying theme has also been to demonstrate new ways that people could work together, collaboratively and productively.




"Case Western Reserve University has always led with innovation."

"Why you? Why now? Why HoloLens?"


The first step in a collaboration is to meet, virtually or in person, to lay the groundwork for our collaboration. But before we begin, it would be helpful to know where you are in your process developement.




Exploratory phase is exciting, but overwhelming. Everything feels like a question. We are available to meet with you and discuss the current landscape and possibilities of mixed reality within your industry, so you know where to begin.


Advisory phase is the next step. You've landed on a goal that you believe mixed reality could help you meet, but you need expertise and developement assistance to create the app you need.


Creative Phase is the work. You have a goal, you have decided mixed reality is the way to get there, and you have formulated a plan (including obtaining pertinent assets, identifying ideal users, and scoped out a budget.) Here, we can take the wheel and develop a pilot app.

Ready to take the next step? 




Provost Announces Think Big Pathway Leaders

Provost Ben Vincent III announces Pathway Leaders for the University’s new Think Big strategic plan, and IC Faculty Director Mark Griswold was among the group named. Along with Professor Maggie Popkin of Art History, Mark will helm Pathway 2: Integrate Humanity and Technology. Read the full article here.

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CWRU and IC HoloAnatomy App Partners Announced

CWRU announced that they will be partnering with five universities who have signed on to begin teaching with the HoloAnatomy® Software Suite. The University of Oxford, Northwestern University, California Health Sciences, Finger Lakes Community College and Texas Christian University have all jumped on board to utilize the hologram-based curriculum. CWRU’s The Daily. Read full article…


IC Travels to Las Vegas for Consumer Electronics Show 2020

An annual technologies trade show held in Las Vegas where businesses and innovators gather to introduce the next generation technologies and revolutions. Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Interactive Commons Department (IC) attended this convention and presented HoloAnatomy. This app was created by the IC team using augmented reality technology to teach anatomy.


Microsoft’s Educational Team Makes a Visit to the Interactive Commons

The IC hosted an exciting visit for a few members from the Microsoft Educational Team back in December of 2019. This visit allowed the IC to both catch up with our strategic partners and experience HoloAnatomy, but also give a glimpse into the progress for the future. During this visit, several departments within CWRU were…


IC’s Director of Special Projects Gets Married

On November 30, 2019 the Director of Special Projects Karen (Opper), MFA and Jacob Rhoad got married at St. Christopher’s Church in Rocky River with a celebration that followed at the Historic Old Courthouse in Downtown Cleveland Ohio.


Study on HoloAnatomy published in Medical Science Educator

In this randomized controlled trial, we looked at the effectiveness of a mixed reality (MR) device – the Microsoft HoloLens – to teach musculoskeletal anatomy to medical students compared with traditional cadaveric dissection. This study marks the first time that MR was compared with traditional anatomy learning modalities in a multi-session, group course. Our results…


IC Artist Joins CWRU Team to Transform Teen into 3-D Superhero

IC Artist Lisa Tan used her 3-D modeling skills to help transform visually-impaired local teenager into the superhero of his dreams. Read more about the collaboration between local charity The Superhero Project and CWRU’s ThinkBox + IC, as featured on New Channel 5 Cleveland. Read More.


Building the First Holographic Brain ‘Atlas’

Read more about the first ever ‘atlas’ of the pathways in the brain, visualized by the IC and developed in collaboration with Cameron McIntyre, PhD and head of the McIntyre lab at CWRU and a team of researchers and neurosurgeons. The visualization is intended to assist in stereotactic neurosurgery and continued therapeutic research for neurological…


Faculty Director, Mark Griswold, travels to Dubai for World Economic Forum

Faculty Director Mark Griswold traveled to Dubai for the Annual meeting of the Global Future Councils which is a part of the World Economic Forum Network of Global Future Councils. This meeting brings together over 600 members from academia, business, government and civil society to promote innovation dealing with regional, geopolitical and global issues.


The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Jumps In To a Narwhal Visit With The IC

In October of 2019, The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History opened its door for a one night only experience of 3D Narwhal whales swimming around guests in an immersive experience using the Microsoft HoloLens. The IC team, along with CWRU Alum, Martin Nweeia, created this educational application to teach guests about Narwhals environment, their tusks…