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Featured Project

Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox

Developed at UC Davis, the AR Sandbox brings big concepts of the earth sciences to life for elementary- to college-aged students and faculty researchers. This hands-on exhibit features real sand, a Microsoft Kinect 3D camera, a data projector, and open source simulation and visualization software. As users mold the sand, it is augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water (or lava!) allowing for the exploration of topographic maps and models. The goal of the AR Sandbox is to teach geographic, geologic, hydrologic, and vulcanic concepts—from assessing the meaning of a watershed to reading maps. Read More >>

Affiliate Spotlights

Martin Hilbert, Professor of Communication and Computer Science

From working with the United Nations to crossing computational science with statistics in his research, Martin Hilbert’s work has a broad impact. Martin engages UC Davis students in consultancy work for the UN, aiding their annual human development report and analyzing the digital footprint of society’s migration online to understand labor market dynamics. “It all takes data science,” he explains. Read More >>


Savannah Hunter, UC Davis PhD and Research and Policy Associate at the UC Berkeley Labor Center

Savannah Hunter, a sociologist at the Labor Center, researches job inequality. Working with DataLab during her PhD helped Savannah harness data science tools and methods to make the best use of the scarce data on worker experience, health and safety, and how irregular hours and scheduling affect low-wage and hourly workers to help inform public debate and policy. Read More >>

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