For her senior IP thesis, Danielle Battaglia set out to visualize the universe. Working with the theory that the universe could be a multiverse based on budding toroidal forms, she created a 3D model of her idea, texture mapped stars on to it and installed her model into the virtual reality MIDEN at the 3D Lab in the Duderstadt Center. The result was an immersive, interactive experience that allowed users to travel through the universe with a game-controller.
Robert Alexander, a doctoral student in the Design Science Program at the University of Michigan, created the sound for the model. Some of these sounds were generated directly from raw satellite data, others were sonic representations of natural phenomena occurring in deep space. They were all generated with custom software, and some required the implementation of non-traditional tuning systems.