About IQ-Walls at IU

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IQ-Walls are large format, ultra-high resolution, tiled video display systems developed by the UITS Advanced Visualization Lab. Currently, over 18 IQ-Walls are available to all members of the IU community on multiple campuses, including IU Bloomington, IU Indianapolis, IU East, IU Kokomo, and IU Northwest, with additional IQ-Walls under development or consideration. IQ-Walls are used for a wide variety of disciplines and activities where large size and very high resolutions are important and beneficial. Some installations support multi-touch interfaces, stereoscopic display, and spatial tracking for collaborative interaction or shared virtual reality experiences.

View a photo album of various IQ-Wall installations in use.

Benefits and features

  • Ultra-high resolution: See much greater detail, see details in context, or view multiple sources side by side.
  • Large format: Facilitate multiple concurrent users, multiple content sources, or physical navigation of the data.
  • High performance interaction: Take advantage of powerful GPUs, multiple CPUs, and large memory for your more challenging visualization or graphics-intensive applications.
  • Run any desktop or Web app: Because of underlying high-end Windows PCs, IQ-Walls run almost every Windows app or web-based content, but at a larger size and higher resolution.
  • ADS login: Those who can authenticate at IU can access any public IQ-Wall. (Log in as you normally would in Windows; access is subject to room schedule and usage policies.)
  • Collaboration: All IQ-Walls support video conferencing. Zoom works at high resolutions, and you can connect with other IQ-Walls.

Locations and access

There are more than 18 IQ-Walls on five different IU campuses. Some are in public locations, while others are in semi-public areas and limited-access research labs; access to these depends on the location. The public and semi-public IQ-Walls are:

Location (and calendar entry for reservation, if available)
Partner groups Type of space Size and features Year installed
IU Bloomington
Global and International Studies Building 1st Floor East Lounge
Hamilton Lugar School Public 4x4 2015
Luddy Hall 4th Floor Visualization Lab
Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
Semi-public 4x4, 3D, VR 2018
IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Semi-public 4x4 3D, VR 2019
IU Libraries Public 4x2, Touch 2019
School of Education atrium School of Education Public 6x3 2024
IU Indianapolis IT 414 Informatics
School of Informatics and Computing
Lab 4x4, 3D 2020
IT 403 (AVL NEXT Lab) UITS Lab 4x4, 3D 2021
Idea Garden UITS Learning Tech Public 4x2, Touch 2018
Ruth Lilly Medical Library Nexus Lab RLML & IUSM Teaching lab 4x2, Touch 2016
IU East Whitewater Hall Lobby UITS @ IU East Public 4x4 2017
IU Kokomo Kelley Student Center UITS @ IU Kokomo Public 6x3 2018
IU Northwest Savannah Center Atrium UITS @ IU Northwest Public 4x4 2018
IU South Bend University Center UITS @ IU South Bend Public 4x4, 3D 2021
IU Southeast Library UITS @ IU Southest Public 4x4 2019

Use an IQ-Wall

Using an IQ-Wall is much like using any Windows computer. IQ-Walls function like powerful workstations, but with the ability to display a tremendous amount of information and details. If you have an IU username and passphrase, you can log in to an available IQ-Wall. If it's your first time at that particular equipment, the login process may take a few minutes while the computer prepares your account.

Use cases

Activities on an IQ-Wall generally fall into one of three types:

  • Type 1: Make use of existing applications and sample data (for example, view geo-spatial data with Google Earth or ultra-high resolution imagery from GigaPan).
  • Type 2: Capture or create your own data, and use existing applications to view or present it (for example, use an Excel spreadsheet to work on your large data set or ParaView to visualize your scientific data).
  • Type 3: Use authoring or other programming tools to create your own environment or application to view your data (for example, create a virtual environment with Unity or a web-based data visualization with D3).
Use case Type 1 Type 2 Type 3
Research and scholarship Wikipedia Visualization
Teaching and learning Google Earth for exploration Project presentations Custom training scenarios
Cultural and creative activities
Digitize 3D objects with photogrammetry Create a virtual world
Collaboration Multi-site meeting via Zoom
Local small group document editing
Multi-site coding
Outreach Stream live events
Media playback and presentation
Custom collection of online content with Collectome

Available software

Commonly available software includes:

To discuss installing unique or custom software for your needs, email the AVL at vishelp@iu.edu.


Acknowledge AVL resources

If your work makes use of or otherwise benefits from AVL technologies or support, acknowledge the "Advanced Visualization Laboratory at Indiana University" in any resulting scholarly printed works, web pages, talks, online publications, or presentations. The AVL is a unit of the Research Technologies division of UITS and is affiliated with IU's Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI).

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