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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.




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…


IC’s Director of Special Projects Gets Married

On November 30, 2019 the Director of Special Projects Karen (Opper), MFA and Jacob Rhoad got married at St. Christopher’s Church in Rocky River with a celebration that followed at the Historic Old Courthouse in Downtown Cleveland Ohio.


Study on HoloAnatomy published in Medical Science Educator

In this randomized controlled trial, we looked at the effectiveness of a mixed reality (MR) device – the Microsoft HoloLens – to teach musculoskeletal anatomy to medical students compared with traditional cadaveric dissection. This study marks the first time that MR was compared with traditional anatomy learning modalities in a multi-session, group course. Our results…


IC Artist Joins CWRU Team to Transform Teen into 3-D Superhero

IC Artist Lisa Tan used her 3-D modeling skills to help transform visually-impaired local teenager into the superhero of his dreams. Read more about the collaboration between local charity The Superhero Project and CWRU’s ThinkBox + IC, as featured on New Channel 5 Cleveland. Read More.


Building the First Holographic Brain ‘Atlas’

Read more about the first ever ‘atlas’ of the pathways in the brain, visualized by the IC and developed in collaboration with Cameron McIntyre, PhD and head of the McIntyre lab at CWRU and a team of researchers and neurosurgeons. The visualization is intended to assist in stereotactic neurosurgery and continued therapeutic research for neurological…


Faculty Director, Mark Griswold, travels to Dubai for World Economic Forum

Faculty Director Mark Griswold traveled to Dubai for the Annual meeting of the Global Future Councils which is a part of the World Economic Forum Network of Global Future Councils. This meeting brings together over 600 members from academia, business, government and civil society to promote innovation dealing with regional, geopolitical and global issues.


The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Jumps In To a Narwhal Visit With The IC

In October of 2019, The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History opened its door for a one night only experience of 3D Narwhal whales swimming around guests in an immersive experience using the Microsoft HoloLens. The IC team, along with CWRU Alum, Martin Nweeia, created this educational application to teach guests about Narwhals environment, their tusks…

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IC and CMA MIX Event Kicks Off Michelangelo Exhibit

Cleveland Museum of Art hosted CMA MIX in October 2019 to kick off their Michelangelo: Mind of the Master exhibition. This gallery took guests through a journey of multiple figures and close studies of human anatomy. The IC created an immersive and interactive HoloLens experience for guests as they attended the mixer.


Levar Burton Impressed By His Visit To The Interactive Commons

Actor, children’s literacy and AIDS research advocate, Levar Burton was named Inamori Ethics prize winner. Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence annually presents the Inamori Ethics Prize to a recipient who demonstrates exemplary ethical leadership; the prize honors ethical leaders whose actions and influence greatly improve the human condition.  Burton came to CWRU campus…