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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.




“Revealing Krishna” IC + CMA Exhibit Opening 11/2021

In partnership with CMA, the IC has developed a digital exhibit revealing the history of a sculpture in their collection depicting the Hindu God, Krishna (Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan). In this 15-minute mixed reality experience, museum-goers will learn about its origins in Cambodia, and its incredible journey as it is smashed, sold, abandoned, and finally…

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HoloBaby™ Project Announced between CWRU’s IC and MaineHealth Innovation

An innovative medical solution to a dearth of quality simulation opportunities for neonatal care is being piloted by physicians from MaineHealth’s Innovation Center and Case Western Reserve University’s Interactive Commons: Michael Ferguson, MD, MTeachPediatric IntensivistThe Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, MEdGeorge W. Hallett, MD Chair of PediatricsThe Barbara…


IC Collaboration on Robotic Surgery During MRI in the Daily

In conjunction with the school of biomedical engineering at CWRU, the IC is helping to develop the first “augmented-reality heart catheterization, ablation while patient is inside an MRI.” A physician would be fitted with a Microsoft HoloLens, and guided by real-time MRI imaging, would then direct and supervise the robotic procedure. Professor M. Cenk Cavusoglu is…

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Remote HoloAnatomy Study published in JAMA

JAMA, or the Journal of American Medical Association, published the study that we performed on the experience and assessment of the Remote HoloAnatomy® Software course, delivered in the spring semester of the academic year 2019-2020. Our study on the remote delivery of the HoloAnatomy® Application was the first to show positive learning experiences for an entire…


HoloAnatomy Software Featured in EDUCAUSE Digital Review 2020

EDUCAUSE Review, a magazine that takes a broad look at current development and trends in technology to see how it relates to college and universities. This magazine dives into how the IT community works together with the higher education institutions to enhance their future. ‍ This issue of EDUCAUSE Review featured the HoloAnatomy® Software Suite…

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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…