LAVA at IMERSA
August 27, 2021
Jason Leigh participates on a panel titled, The Science of Extended Seeing Immersive Connections to Hyperlocal Data. at - IMERSA - the Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts conference.
Mark Subbarao - director of NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
Jason Leigh - director of LAVA
Jeff Kirschner - entrepreneur - Litterati
Tanya Berger-Wolf - director of the Translational Data Analytics Institute, Ohio State University.
The panelists brought decades of experience advancing scientific visualization in planetariums, developing immersive tools to enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration, introducing data collection and analysis to the public in their own communities, and utilizing citizen science to better understand how living beings connect to their environments. The panel showed how immersive spaces can help place the human perspective within a larger context, connecting personal and planetary scales. Using scientific visualizations, data collection, and cross-disciplinary collaborations, planetariums and other immersive venues have become spaces that allow viewers to cultivate environmental awareness from the local to the global, to develop a greater sense of their own agency – a term widely used in human computer interaction, understood here as a strong sense of one’s influence in the environment – and therefore to increase their confidence and ability to affect change.