The University of Kentucky Center for Visualization & Virtual Environments

Vis Center Research To Be Used in Opera

Director and designer Richard Kagey shows a model of the set for the UK Opera Theatre and Atlanta Opera's 2011 production of "Porgy & Bess."

Vis Center research has developed new technology that will allow screens with projected video to be used as part of the set design for upcoming opera productions at the University of Kentucky and the Atlanta Opera. With a footprint of only four and a half feet, the screens create a new opportunity to use projection as a part of the staging. Using multiple rear-project units, software blends the projections into one image. Read the Lexington Herald Leader article for more information about the project.

New Faculty Member Joins the Vis Center

The Vis Center is happy to welcome new faculty member, Dr. Nathan Jacobs to the University of Kentucky. Dr. Jacobs recently moved to Lexington from St. Louis to accept his new position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Dr. Jacobs’ found the strong history at UK in computer vision to be a real benefit in coming to the University of Kentucky. He is looking forward to his affiliation with Vis Center and the possibilities the center provides for internal collaborations.

This fall semester, Dr. Jacobs will be teaching Computational Photography and pursuing research. Dr. Jacobs’ research interest is to understand the relationship between images, the time and place they were captured, and the weather, activities, people, and objects that shared that time and place.

Read Dr. Jacobs’ faculty profile for more information.

Premiere of “Coal in Kentucky: A Documentary”

Tonight, the Vis Center premieres our most recent documentary, “Coal in Kentucky: A Documentary”. The documentary examines the significance of coal in Kentucky through the voices of coal industry professionals, activists, politicians and everyday people.

Funded through a grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Energy and Environment, the film is presented by the University of Kentucky’s Vis Center and Department of Mining Engineering.


Listen to an interview with Stephen Bailey and Julie Martinez of the Vis Center.

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