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SCIEN presents "syGlass: Visualization, Annotation, and Communication of Very Large Image Volumes in Virtual Reality"

syGlass: Visualization, Annotation, and Communication of Very Large Image Volumes in Virtual Reality
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 4:30pm
Packard 101
Michael Morehead (
Abstract / Description: 

Scientific researchers now utilize advanced microscopes to collect very large volumes of image data. These volumes often contain morphologically complex structures that can be difficulty to comprehend on a 2D monitor, even with 3D projection. syGlass is a software stack designed specifically for the visualization, exploration, and annotation of very large image volumes in virtual reality. This technology provides crucial advantages to exploring 3D volumetric data by correctly leveraging neurological processes and pipelines in the visual cortex, reducing cognitive load and search times, while increasing insight and annotation accuracy. The talk will provide a brief overview of new microscope technology, a description of the syGlass stack and product, some real use-cases from various labs around the world, and conclude with predictions and plans for the future of scientific communication.


Michael Morehead is the cofounder and CEO of IstoVisio, makers of syGlass. A computer scientist, Michael works closely with scientists in neuroscience and biology to analysis image data. Previous to starting syGlass, he was a graduate researcher at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and a visiting scientist at HHMI Janelia Research Campus. His research interests include image segmentation, shape context, and visualization of biological samples.