About Us

The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS)

Founded in 2009, the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) is a multidisciplinary center that combines advanced simulation techniques with 3D visualization and virtual-reality technologies.

CIVS is a globally recognized university research center that uses advanced simulation and visualization techniques and technologies to develop and implement innovative solutions in many areas, such as:

Energy Efficiency



Facility Planning

Workforce Development

Reliability & Maintenance

Operational Efficiency

Digital Transformation

+ Many More

CIVS has worked with faculty, students, industry, and the community to develop innovative solutions for a wide variety of issues. We’ve collaborated with more than 160 external organizations, producing more than $40 million in savings. CIVS staff and students regularly engage in projects that make significant contributions:

416+ Projects

$32+ Million in Research Grants and Contracted Work

$40+ Million in Savings and Cost Avoidance

486+ Technical Papers

170+ External Collaborator Organizations

150+ Purdue Faculty and Staff Collaborators

CIVS Goals and Objectives

To collaborate with faculty and staff in developing research and education activities in visualization and simulation by:

  • Providing technical support to research staff and research assistants
  • Providing facilities and seed grants
  • Helping with proposal writing including developing ideas, identifying collaborators, identifying funding sources, organizing and reviewing proposals, and providing supporting letters, etc.
  • Acquire more external funding and grants for the long-term sustainability of CIVS
  • Maintain a nationally recognized presence
  • Provide resources for education, community, and industry outreach
  • Provide an experiential learning experience to students
  • Continuously develop infrastructures and technologies

Partner With Us

With funding support provided by a major AMTech grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Purdue University Northwest, and the CIVS in 2014 spearheaded the launch of a novel, industry-led association of steel manufacturers and stakeholders, now firmly established as the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium, or SMSVC.

Do you have any ideas on how simulation and visualization can help the community? Are you curious to find out about the current projects CIVS is involved with?

Email [email protected] to provide suggestions or learn more about the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation and how we impact the community.

2200 169th St. Hammond, IN

(219) 989-2765