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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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Working with HoloLens: Learning to Write Shaders

Over the last six months or so, I’ve taken on the task of learning and implementing shaders for our group. For anyone who doesn’t know, a shader is the code which your GPU runs to take your object and turn it into something you can see on the screen. As you can imagine, a shader…

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CWRU on Stage for Second HoloLens Demo at //BUILD

Dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Pamela B. Davis, was on stage at the 2016 Microsoft //Build conference to update the world on our digital anatomy program. She was joined on stage by IC members Jeff Mlakar and Henry Eastman who did a live demonstration of the application. They also brought…


How We Got Here

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Communicating with Pics and Tech

The Interactive Commons (IC) endeavors to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges by combining expertise. In other words, the things that you know in your unique discipline may provide some missing insight into the unique thing someone is doing in a seemingly unrelated area. And, to bridge different perspectives and sides of academia, we need some tools…

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Historic Groundbreaking of New Health Education Campus

This is the text body from the article. Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic break ground on health education campus. Learn how technology is being incorporated into the health sciences.    Watch.


Curing Cancer with Radio Waves and Magnetic Nanoparticles

CWRU researcher lands grant to build stealthy brain tumor treatment combining nanotechnology with traditional chemotherapy drug and resistance-inhibitors. As Stathis Karathanasis says, “It’s the Midwestern mentality and the culture at Case Western Reserve that allows people to just talk. And then serendipity occurs.”   Read More.

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Microsoft Announces Developer Kits

Microsoft announces HoloLens developer kit price, and a nice shout out to its partners, including CWRU (beginning at minute 16:30).    Watch.


CWRU on Stage at //BUILD to help launch HoloLens

Professor Mark Griswold was invited to present a demo liveon stage to an audience of 5,000+ at the 2015 Microsoft //Build developers’conference.     News  (Wired) “Microsoft Shows HoloLens’ Augmented Reality IsNo Gimmick“: (PC Mag) “Microsoft Wows Build with HoloLens HologramShow“ (Gizmodo) “Put A HoloLens in the Classroom and I’llHappily Go Back to School“ Press…