EPICentre (Expanded Perception & Interaction Centre) is a shared UNSW research centre located at the UNSW School of Art & Design campus, in the historic Block C. building. The Centre undertakes visualisation research in the fields of art, design, science, medicine and engineering. EPICentre's major research facilities are accessible to UNSW and external researchers. Government and industry users are also welcome. The staff of the Centre provide research collaboration, technical support, education and training to researchers accessing the facilities.

UNSW's EPICentre makes decades of accumulated historic and massive new data visually accessible.  Cutting-edge computing, 3-D immersive and screen-based technologies renders this data visible and enable scientists 'to get inside' and be immersed in some of most challenging and complex medical and health problems. 

The most advanced facility of its kind, UNSW's Expanded Perception and Visualisation Interaction Centre represents the next generation in medical imaging technologies, engineering, high-performance visualisation, simulations and applied artificial intelligence. This groundbreaking new interdisciplinary Centre applies integrated design thinking and a interdisciplinary approaches to research to enable scientists to see their research data in real time and three dimensions. 

Groundbreaking technology

EPICentre is at once a game changer for research relying on large data sets and for broad public engagement with advanced research and its impacts. The Centre's potential applications and impact across mental health research, simulations, science advancements and science engagement are immense. 

Incorporating an array interactive 3D environments the EPICentre enables scientists to simulate experiences such as dementia, psychosis, memory loss and other neurological conditions, providing both researchers and the public with a powerful way of understanding the experience of sufferers, through immersion in the condition. EPICentre allows, cross-connecting visualisation with applied computational simulation science, artificial intelligence, and creativity in arts and science. It also hosts modern Mixed Reality lab (XR-LAB), where visualisations are being deployed across VR, AR, hemispherical projections and upcoming multi-touch walls.

Transformative research potential 

This pioneering Centre brings together a collaborative team of outstanding leaders from across a diverse array of previously distinct disciplines such as bio-informatics, medical and neuro-imaging, art and design, immersive visualisation, visual analytics, data fusion, anatomy research and computational engineering to challenge the limits of how scientists interact with and analyse information.

Visualising data to drive break through science

UNSW has developed ultra-high resolution, immersive visualisation environments. EPIC's unmatched multidisciplinary expertise and an array of visualisation environments enhance our capacity to do research and illuminate our understanding of rich applications of big data to accelerate scientific discoveries across the field.

EPICylinder

EPICylinder system that is seven metres diameter, 340-degree panoramic projection, 33 speakers in a surround audio system, screen resolution of 120 million pixels in 3D, which is three times higher resolution than its nearest equivalent. 

XR-Lab

XR-Lab consists of several hardware solutions that allow the development and delivery of fully featured collaborative Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality applications. This lab also hosts a 3m hemispherical dome and multiple interaction devices such as Emotive EEG, Microsoft Kinect 2, 360-degree cameras, laser projector, various gesture cameras, a large set of IoT sensors communicating through networked embedded systems, and upcoming multi-touch wall.

DomeLab

DomeLab is a six metre diameter 3D hemispheric projection environment (Fulldome). DomeLab is a UNSW-led Australian Research Council funded project with collaborators across 11 organisations in Australia. The system is designed to travel both nationally and internationally. 

AVIE-SC

AVIE-SC consists of a 160-degree cylindrical screen driven by two 3D projectors. The lab also includes a motion capture system.

Help us realise EPICentre’s potential 

This groundbreaking facility is a cornerstone of UNSW’s strategic focus on academic excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration and global research impact. 

By empowering researchers through ‘big data’ modelling, simulations, data visualisation, bioinformatics, complex statistical analysis, and applied computational mathematics, we can help them address the pressing medical and scientific challenges. 

For further information about how you can support this ground-breaking project, potential partnerships and new research opportunities:

Tomasz Bednarz, Director (Visualisation), UNSW School of Art & Design 
T: +61 (0)2 8936 0533
E: T.Bednarz@unsw.edu.au

General enquires and visit bookings:

E: EPICentre@unsw.edu.au