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CAVE Lab

Computational and Visual Education

 

 

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Visualize Complex data with the MIT CAVE Lab

Complex data can be difficult to visualize and analyze. Working in cross-functional teams also adds a layer of complexity to making decisions from big data analysis. The CAVE Lab uses interactive visualization to improve data visibility, data analysis, and decision making for supply chain and logistics challenges. View some of the lab’s software previews below.

Our Expertise & Research

The CAVE lab provides students, researchers, and decision-makers with a more intuitive understanding of and access to quantitative methods to support strategic design, tactical planning, and operational decision problems in the supply chain and logistics domain and related fields.

Based on a newly created physical lab space at MIT CTL equipped with state-of-the-art visualization technology, the lab is developing interactive visual interfaces to data and analytical tools, addressing complex supply chain and logistics problems. 

Development, improvement, and application of traditional quantitative methods in the supply chain, logistics, and transportation decision making (network design, distribution systems, inventory management, risk management, etc.)

Adaptation and application of advanced data science methods (machine learning, network science, etc.) to large and diverse datasets to characterize, understand, predict, and improve the performance of complex supply networks, transportation and logistics systems

Behavioral analysis of human decision making in supply chain management, transportation and logistics in light of interactive visualization being used as a tool to communicate, analyze, and manipulate context- and problem-related information

Innovative Education

The lab provides a unique environment for students from all programs of MIT at all levels of seniority to understand and experiment with quantitative methods of supply chain, transportation, and logistics decision methods. From studying the principles of data science, optimization or simulation through interactive demo applications, to developing course projects or thesis projects that combine our domain with interactive visual interfaces, it provides students an intuitive, open source environment to understand the theory, apply it to real data, and implement usable demos and applications.

Smarter Decision Making

Together with MIT CTL’s corporate partners, the lab can be leveraged as an interactive decision-making space. By co-developing interactive visual analytics applications addressing specific, data-driven decision problems of our partners and presenting them in a way that optimally leverages human perception and cognition, we aim to promote the effective future use of data and analytics by corporate decision-makers at all levels. 

Corporate engagement with the lab can be based on dedicated research and development projects and may entail interactive decision making and data analytics workshops with employees, customers, suppliers, or peers of the sponsoring partner at the lab.

Our Team

Dr. Matthias Winkenbach

Dr. Matthias Winkenbach

Director

Tim Russell

Tim Russell

Research Engineer

Connor Makowski

Connor Makowski

Research Associate

Luis Vazquez

Luis Vazquez

Software Developer

Willem Guter

Willem Guter

Research Assistant & Developer

Research Alum

Yang Dai

Research Assistant & Developer

Samip Jain

Research Assistant & Developer

Margaret Sands

Research Assistant & Developer

Robert Tran

Research Assistant & Developer

Alan Yan

Research Assistant & Developer

Lab Demos

Network Design in the MIT CTL Computational and Visual Education (CAVE) Lab

Network Design in the MIT CTL Computational and Visual Education (CAVE) Lab

Together with MIT CTL’s corporate partners, the CAVE serves as an interactive decision-making space. By co-developing interactive visual analytics applications addressing specific, data-driven decision problems of our partners and presenting them in a way that optimally leverages human perception and cognition, we promote the effective future use of data and analytics by corporate and organizational decision-makers at all levels.