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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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Can medical students learn anatomy without a cadaver? Covid-19 is forcing the question.


IC Collaborator Professor Elizabeth Bolman gives virtual presentation on her work in Egypt

After multiple decades of research and work on Egyptian art, Professor Elizabeth Bolman, the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts and chair of the Department of Art History and Art at CWRU, is set to give a virtual presentation to hundreds of viewers across the globe. Her work includes the cataloguing and preservation of The…


Dance Department Collaborator With IC Honored With John S. Diekhoff Award

Karen Potter, Chair of the Department of Dance at CWRU was awarded The Diekhoff Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the education of graduate students through advising and classroom teaching. Potter collaborates with the IC on a variety of levels from dance performances to creating opportunities for dancers to learn anatomy and kinesiology through the…


Remote HoloAnatomy App Featured in Wall Street Journal

During the month of March, the IC facilitated the shipping of 185 HoloLenses to all first year med students at CWRU. Since March 24, 2020, all HoloAnatomy® Software classes have been happening in our students’ homes located throughout North America. The IC’s work on this project was featured in the Wall Street Journal with Sue Workman,…


IC Hosts Global Senior Leaders of Canon

Roughly 20 global senior leaders of Cannon made a visit to Cleveland in late February 2020. During their trip to Cleveland, they made a stop at the IC to discuss both MRI research collaborations as well as experience the Microsoft HoloLens. This visit allowed guest from all over the world to see how CWRU is…


Celebrating the Appointment of Mark Griswold, PhD

Mark Griswold, PhD, Faculty Director at the Interactive Commons and Professor of Radiology was awarded The Pavey Family Designated Professor of Innovative Imaging-Revolutionizing the Worlds of Education and Medicine in February of 2020. CWRU President Barbra Snyder and Dean Pamela Davis of the School of Medicine recognize Griswold for his extensive research and technological advances…


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…