What if, rather than read, you can watch faculty research on high-definition large screens in spaces conducive to learning and research?

The Library takes pride in promoting research in this way, allowing researchers to engage with new audiences for broader awareness and impact. Telling the story through visualisation or animation is quite powerful.

A number of contrasting digital exhibitions are currently on show at three libraries.

At Hargrave-Andrew Library at Clayton, a new way to diagnose lung diseases is presented in the 4D Lung Imaging digital exhibition. The work of Dr Stephen Dubsky (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and Professor Andreas Fouras (4Dx ltd) has been visualised for this display by Daniel Waghorn of the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform.

Rather than looking at the fine detail of the lung’s shape, as has been done in the past, the 4D lung imaging technology targets patterns of motion in the lung. Researchers are able to measure and visualise airflow in each section of the lung, providing a deep understanding of lung function in health and disease.

Meanwhile at Caulfield Library, the giant screen in the atrium of the building is showing the 3D exhibition Simulating 24 Hours at Medieval Angkor Wat, 2019. This simulation by the team led by Dr Tom Chandler from Faculty of Information Technology’s SensiLab and Immersive Analytics, was first exhibited at Hargrave-Andrew Library in 2017 and has since been enhanced with an updated library of 3D models, among other refinements.

The 12th-century temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia is a world-famous heritage site and the largest religious monument on earth. While the temple’s well-preserved stone architecture has been the subject of extensive scholarship, the wooden settlement that once lay within the temple’s enclosure walls was revealed only recently. This dynamic simulation draws upon recent archaeological discoveries to visualise how the Angkor Wat complex might have operated almost a millennium ago, and presents the cycle of “day in the life” of Angkor Wat.

Back at Clayton, if you haven’t been to the Sir Louis Matheson Library recently, the Monash Country Lines Archive (MCLA) digital display is continually refreshed with more Indigenous stories. The display showcases the work of the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre to use the latest 3D animation technology to protect and preserve Indigenous languages and knowledge.

In semester around 24,000 visitors daily come through the doors of these three libraries combined, predominantly composed of students who are already engaged in learning and research.

If your research team is interested in future opportunities to have your work visualised and displayed in the libraries, contact your subject librarian or the Library Communications team.


Image: Angkor Wat simulation by SensiLab