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Centers and institutes serve as hubs of collaboration in areas as diverse as microbiology and papermaking. As innovative and interdisciplinary forums for trailblazing ideas, they allow scholars from across the university to tackle problems and make lasting contributions to the world’s body of knowledge.


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4 Centers & Institutes

  • The Center for Vector Biology has been established to provide research and information for the citizens of New Jersey about insects and the diseases they transmit. The Center interprets and disseminates data collected by county agencies for surveillance of mosquito vectors and their infection rates for Eastern Equine and West Nile viruses. Population trends for state mosquitoes are reported on a weekly basis.

  • Founded in 2007 at the Rutgers School of Social Work, the Center on Violence Against Women and Children strives to eliminate physical, sexual, and other forms of violence against women and children and the power imbalances that permit them. We accomplish our mission through a collaborative approach that focuses on multidisciplinary research, education, and community engagement.

  • The Laboratory of Vision Research (LVR), directed by Dr. Thomas Papathomas, was founded by Bela Julesz in 1989, with three major objectives: to conduct advanced interdisciplinary research in vision by engaging undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers; to offer undergraduate and graduate courses in visual perception and related areas, and to serve as a consulting body to local and global institutions and a link to science journalists.

    Research is focused on early vision, such as texture, stereoscopic depth, and motion perception, as well as the role of cognitive processes in perception. Of particular interest are the interactions of data-driven signals from the eyes and schema-driven processes that are based on previous experiences and cognitive processes. We study how humans perceive three-dimensional (3-D) objects, scenes, and faces. Researchers at LVR use real 3-D volumetric illusions and virtual-reality stimuli to examine these interactions. 

  • To help analyze datasets extending to the order of thousands of petabytes, Vizlab is currently focusing on tools to sift and detect activities of interest in such huge datasets. Some of our latest projects include visualizing job database for career counseling, tracking and illustrative visualization of ocean eddies, web-based 3D data visualization, and automatically detecting activities of interest from scientific datasets.