The research group applies a multiphase approach to the design and implementation of a data visualization resource at the University of Cincinnati to provide new opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and research with cutting-edge interactive and immersive visualization technology including virtual reality, augmented reality and webVR.

Research Group

Ming Tang, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Associate Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID), College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. His multi-disciplinary research includes the use of virtual reality, human computer interaction (HCI), parametric architecture & urban design, digital fabrication, building information modeling, performance driven design, digital computation, algorithm & programming, GIS, simulation, Mathematical form, interactive design and visual effects. His research has been published in international conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journals, books, and displayed in exhibitions. He is the author of urban paleontology: evolution of urban forms. His recent book, Parametric Building Design with Autodesk Maya was published by Routledge in 2014. He is an registered architect, and founding partner of TYA Design, which has won numerous design awards in China, Spain, Mexico, U.K. and United States, including first prize for the d3 Natural System competition, first place in the Cities with Soul competition, first place in the IAAC self-sufficient housing contest, and first place in the Chichen Itza lodge museum design competition. His homepage is www.Ming3d.com.

Xinhao Wang, PhD, Xinaho Wang is a professor of Planning in School of Planning (SOP), College of DAAP. He teaches courses in GIS, environmental planning, statistics, and planning research methods. His research interests are in the areas of environmental planning and GIS application in planning. Examples are: analysis of the spatial pattern of water quality indicators; the relationship between land use and water quality; GIS-based water quality modeling and flooding analysis; spatial distribution of human health and environmental indicators; and integration of 3-D imagery and GIS in planning. Dr. Wang’s publications and presentations can be found in various planning and environmental journals, proceedings and conferences. Prior to UC, he worked as a research associate, planning consultant and senior GIS analyst. Dr. Wang is a fellow in the Institute of Data Sciences and the Co-Director of the Joint Center of Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis.

Christopher Auffrey, PhD, Associate Professor of Planning, School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. He teaches courses in healthy urban planning, sustainable urbanism, planning economics and planning theory. His research interests include healthy urban planning, sustainable development and communication in the urban environment. He has co-authored three books, Social Areas of Cincinnati, Fourth and Fifth editions, (with Michael Maloney) and Managing the Development of Intermediate Size Cities (with Michael Romanos), and has published articles in various planning journals. He has professional experience with local development projects in Los Angeles and with an environmental consulting firm in Washington D.C.

Mingming Lu, PhD, Associate Professor. Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Engineering (BCEE), College of Engineering & Applied Science. Dr Lu’s research area include submicron particle and PAH formation mechanisms from combustion processes including diesel, biodiesel, coal, and waste derived fuel, etc.; the compositional  characterization of aerosols and gaseous pollutants from industrial, transportation and agricultural sources. She has collected and analyzed air quality data from both China and the US.


Ph.D Students: Niloufar Kioumarsi, Farshad Khalighinejad

Graduate students: Michael Rogovin, Craig Moyer, Shinji Miyajima, Seth Davis, Sagar Desai

Undergraduate students: Laura Kennedy, Alex Bowman, Andrew Letourneau,


The primary goals of the research group is to:

  • Provide new tools to teach and research Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, involving a diverse group of UC faculty and students from various disciplines who promise to be the future problem solvers;
  • Increase the knowledge base among the students and faculty and provide faculty with new perspectives on how to integrate data visualization into curriculum development for core courses;
  • Promote communication of data visualization and VR & AR research to the broader UC and aligned professional communities.