Press Release 117/2013

Science Opens Up Fascinating Worlds in 3D

KIT at the BEYOND 3D Festival – From Aerodynamic Simulations to the Invisibility Cloak
3D simulation of a racing car. The special software developed by KIT allows to optimize aerodynamics. (Figure: M. J. Krause, Tung Vu/KIT, and OpenLB)

3D makes mathematical phenomena sensually graspable. At the BEYOND 2013 3D Festival on October 3 to 6 at ZKM │ Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, KIT will show how that works: The Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM) and the Lifecycle Engineering Solutions Center (LESC) will present projects, simulations, and interactive exhibits. In this way, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the potentials of computer tomography, vehicle simulations, and invisibility cloaks.


Three-dimensional representations are gaining importance in processing and conveying scientific information,“ explains mathematician Dr. Sebastian Ritterbusch from KIT. “With 3D, data and models can be converted into a form that is directly understandable to humans.” For this purpose, mathematicians are cooperating with materials researchers and engineers as well as with media scientists and artists. Insights into the application of new 3D technologies will be given by KIT’s Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics (IANM) and the Lifecycle Engineering Solutions Center (LESC) at the exhibition and expert symposium of the BEYOND 3D Festival.


At the 3D-EXPO exhibition on October 4 and 5, IANM and LESC will present 3D simulations on two monitors. One monitor will be an autostereoscopic monitor displaying the images in three dimensions without 3D glasses being required by the viewer. Among others, vehicle simulations using the OpenLB software developed by IANM will be presented. KA-RaceIng, the Formula Student Team of KIT, uses OpenLB to optimize the aerodynamics of their self-developed racing cars. These simulations will be demonstrated to the public. Visitors will also be given the opportunity to watch invisibility cloak simulations that make objects optically disappear, geoexploration simulations by means of which natural resources can be found without drilling boreholes, and computer tomography, one of the most important imaging methods in medicine. The problems of tomography will also be demonstrated by an interactive exhibit – the shadow play of dice from the KIT Mathematics Pupils Laboratory. Last, but not least, the 3D-EXPO will present an extended version of the virtual flight through Karlsruhe, a joint project of KIT, ZKM, and the city of Karlsruhe, that reaches far beyond the inner city center.


At the expert symposium, Dr. Sebastian Ritterbusch, researcher at the IANM, will talk about “3D Exploration” (October 3, 18 hrs): The amount of calculable information is increasing constantly in simulation sciences. This flood of information can only be managed with the help of improved methods for analysis and exploration of numerical simulations. Ritterbusch will explain the role of new 3D technologies in this field and why, from the cinematic point of view, simulation scientists act as producers, directors, and narrators at the same time.


Further information and the complete program can be found at


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or, 16.09.2013

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