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The Interactive Commons (IC) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) was established in 2014 as a center to connect individuals from across our campus and our region through advanced visualization to further research and education.

We believe that interdisciplinary engagement is the force that compels unique and transformative solutions to our society’s most challenging problems. With a team of developers, artists, professors and business leaders, we are working together to define the future of our university by anticipating changes in the broader world.



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HoloAnatomy startup company Ilumis Announced

After years developing, packaging, and supporting the HoloAnatomy® Software Suite all in-house at the Interactive Commons at CWRU, we are excited to announce its next chapter as a standalone company, Ilumis. Headed by Microsoft alum Mark Day, this Ohio-based XR company will take over the management and distribution of the HoloAnatomy® Software Suite as it…

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HoloAnatomy featured in TCU commercial during CFP National Championship game

We were thrilled to cheer on our HoloAnatomy® Software Suite Partner Institution TCU during the CFP National Championship on Monday January 9th. Check out their commercial that aired during the big game!

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Revealing Krishna honored with Peggy Ezekiel Award from USITT

CMA’s Revealing Krishna exhibit was awarded both Outstanding Achievement and Board Choice Award for Sound Design from the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT) on November 9th, 2022. The Peggy Ezekiel Award has been given out since 1985 and is recognized as the oldest award given by the Institute. It recognizes achievement in scenic,…

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Dr. Mark Griswold receives two CWRU Innovation Week Awards

IC Faculty Director Dr. Mark Griswold was honored with two awards during CWRU’s Innovation Week 2022 — the Discovery Award (MR Fingerprinting) and the Top Product Award (HoloAnatomy® Software Suite) — as recognition of his “remarkable achievements in research and entrepreneurship.” Click here to read the full list of honorees.

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Revealing Krishna honored in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards

We are thrilled that “Revealing Krishna” – our collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art – has been honored by Fast Company’s 2022 Innovation by Design Awards in the category Experience Design. Click here to read the full list of honorees. Congrats to the whole Krishna team! “The Story of the Cleveland Krishna” HoloLens Experience…

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Application for IC Fellows Cohort 2023

The IC is accepting applications for the next IC Fellows Cohort. If you are interested in using the Microsoft HoloLens in your classroom or have an idea for integrating mixed reality (MR) or 3-D digital content into your course, the IC Fellows Cohort program will guide, inspire, and help you create customized applications and give…


CMA’s “The Story of the Cleveland Krishna” Exhibit video walkthrough

The Cleveland Museum of Art posted a full walkthrough of “The Story of the Cleveland Krishna,” the mixed reality museum experience that the IC developed as the feature of their Revealing Krishna exhibit. In case you missed the real thing, or just want to revisit it, click below: “The Story of the Cleveland Krishna” HoloLens…

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IC featured on NBC Nightly News

We were thrilled to host NBC Nightly News at the CWRU SOM Health Education Campus to show them our work with medical anatomy education (the HoloAnatomy® Software Suite) and some of our new developments with Dr. Cameron McIntyre and his team in surgical planning in mixed reality. The segment was aired on Sunday, August 7th…

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IC Fellows Showcase Presentation April 26th

The IC is thrilled to welcome the general campus community to the inaugural IC Fellows Cohort showcase presentation on Tuesday, April 26th from 10:00am to 1:00pm. This open house-style event will begin with remarks from the Provost and will include in-person demos of the newest HoloLens classroom applications developed by the Interactive Commons. For the…


Inaugural IC Fellows Cohort

The first ever IC Fellow Cohort began in the Fall 2021 semester. This group met weekly and worked together with the IC to become fluent in the application and best practices of mixed reality as a teaching tool, and received support in the design, build, and execution of their courses from a team of experts…