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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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IC Fellow Anirban Sen Gupta becomes senior member of National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

Along with six other CWRU colleagues, Professor Anirban Sen Gupta (IC Fellow Cohort 2023) was made a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), which is “an honor that recognizes their “remarkable innovation-producing technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society.” Read the read the full…


ArtSci Magazine cover story showcases IC mixed reality classroom experiences across campus

This article originally appeared in the fall/winter 2023 edition of art/sci magazine. “Students at the College of Arts and Sciences are seeing and experiencing remarkable places—without ever leaving the classroom. Wearing mixed-reality headsets, they can walk amid 3D holographic images of a 2,000-year-old Greek religious site; explore the three-dimensional geologic contours of a Hawaiian volcano;…

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Mark Griswold interviewed in Slate

Virtual cadaveric dissection vs. traditional cadaveric dissection — what’s the learning difference and what’s next? IC Faculty Director Mark Griswold sat down with reporters from Slate to talk about the HoloAnatomy® Software Suite (AlensiaXR) Read the full article here: Are Real Cadavers Better Than Virtual Ones? By dissecting physical or virtual dead bodies, medical students…


IC Fellow Phil Cola honored with Rod Rose Award

So excited for our IC Fellows 2024 Cohort member Phil Cola, who along with his collaborators was awarded the Rod Rose Award for, “Most outstanding contribution in the past year to the Journal of Research Administration,” by the Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI). The award was for their article titled “Faculty Views on the…

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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…


HoloBaby™ Software Featured by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

July 31, 2023 | By Kara Jacques “ZIP code should not determine outcome.” – Dr. Michael Ferguson, Pediatric Critical Care ‘HoloBaby’ is a mixed-reality simulator. Wearing HoloLens goggles, care team members train on a realistic neonate hologram projected onto a basic manikin to enable neonatal resuscitation training… Read the full article here: MAKING AN IMPACT –…


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…


HoloBaby™ Study published for 2023 Pediatric Academy Societies meeting

As part of the Medical Education: Simulation and Technology theme for the 2023 Pediatric Academy Societies meeting, collaborator Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, MEd published a pilot study on experts’ reactions to the HoloBaby™ Simulation Framework for neonatal resuscitation simulation training. Read the full study here: “Expert Neonatal Resuscitation Teams’ Perceptions and Experiences of Mixed Reality…