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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.



CWRU innovation week 2023

IC Featured in CWRU’s Innovation Week Highlights Reel

CWRU’s 2023 Innovation Week was full of spectacular panels, poster sessions, and tours that showcased some of the brightest minds and most adventurous projects happening all over campus. Check out the video below, where our own IC Fellow Professor Elina Gerstman is shown walking guests through her MR app, Immersive Realms.

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IC Fellows Elina Gerstman named Distinguished University Professor

We are thrilled to join in the celebration of IC Fellow Elina Gerstman, who was just named Distinguished University Professor (CWRU, CAS Art History & Art.) Professor Gertsman created a beautifully immersive Medieval Chapel in mixed reality (“Immersive Realms”) as part of her fellowship at the IC, which from within students can pick up and…


IC Faculty Fellows Mixed Reality Workshop

Do you have an idea that you would like to teach in mixed reality? Would you like to be in the next cohort of Interactive Commons (IC) Faculty Fellows? The IC is holding in-house workshops for all interested CWRU faculty and staff to learn about creating in mixed reality (MR). At these workshops we will…


IC wins Microsoft’s Partner of the Year in Mixed Reality

Thrilled to announce that the Interactive Commons at CWRU has been selected as Microsoft’s Partner of the Year in Mixed Reality for 2023. “The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements and innovations from across our global and diverse partner ecosystem. This impressive group of partners and their solutions demonstrates amazing agility and…


Open Access article published highlighting IC’s collaboration with Hologram Consultants

This Open Access article showcases the HoloSNS, HoloDBS and HoloSEEG tools developed by our collaborative team; take a read!

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Interactive Commons featured twice in Cleveland Magazine story, “Why Cleveland Owns the Future of Virtual Reality”

The breadth and uptake of extended reality in Cleveland, Ohio positions us as leaders in the nation. Thrilled that the HoloAnatomy® Software Suite and our work with CMA on The Cleveland Krishna were both featured as examples of our pioneering status in Cleveland Magazine’s new article, “Why Cleveland Owns the Future of Virtual Reality.” Click…

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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…

TCU Lead On HoloAnatomy commercial

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.