The Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre)


EPICentre is a pioneering visualisation facility that builds on decades of UNSW expertise in the design of interactive virtual environments and applications. It forges new territory in integrated thinking (artistic and scientific) to accelerate human understanding of complex datasets and ultra-scale imagery. Focused on inter-disciplinary science, EPICentre:

  • Advances new paradigms for scientific discovery (leading to scientific break-throughs)
  • Develops an immersive pedagogy for teaching and learning (learning while doing) (leading to powerful new educational tools and learning outcomes, driving down costs)
  • Engages public through the creation of unique user experiences (transforming public understand leading to healthier communities)
  • Creates powerful decision making tools for policymakers 

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.

Visualising data to drive break through science

UNSW has developed ultra-high resolution, immersive visualisation environments. EPIC’s unmatched multidisciplinary expertise and 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 field.


120 million pixels in 3D, which is three times higher resolution than its nearest equivalent.


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.


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 though networked embedded systems, and upcoming multi-touch wall.


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


Block C, Cnr Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington NSW 2021