John Smale Visualization Lab and Center

A student using the SMALE machine.

Location: 207 Laws Hall

Director: Professor Eric Hodgson

Very generous donations from alumni John Smale and Michael Armstrong have funded a research and innovation center devoted to visualization and virtual reality. The John Smale Interactive Visualization Lab and Center along with another research facility, the Huge Immersive Virtual Environment (HIVE), provides a complete range of visualization tools for students, faculty, and industry partners. 

Through various courses and projects, the Smale Interactive Visualization Center provides real-world industry experience to Miami University students.


  • 4-walled, virtual reality CAVE
  • Z‑space 3D table
  • iBox 3D viz
  • 3D scanners
  • 6 Occulus Rifts (DK1+2)
  • Hydras
  • LEAP motions
  • motion capture suit

The Center’s purposes reach across traditional academic boundaries to serve all academic divisions at Miami. Leading these efforts is Center Director Eric Hodgson, ETBD professor, Miami alumnus, and member of the HIVE research team.

The Center's partner EON Reality, Inc. provides software, hardware, development assistance, and support.