Nanographics has published a scientific paper presented at the IEEE VIS 2020 conference. We joined a team of biologists and computer scientists who created the most accurate model of SARS-CoV-2 virion. Our contribution was to create visualizations of the model constructed by our scientific partners based on the latest knowledge of the virus. The IEEE Visualization Conference (VIS) is an annual conference on scientific visualization, information visualization, and visual analytics administrated by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics. It is the highest rated venue for visualization research and the second-highest rated conference for computer graphics over all.
In this paper a new technique for rapid modeling and construction of scientifically accurate mesoscale biological models is presented. The resulting 3D models are based on few 2D microscopy scans and the latest knowledge about the biological entity represented as a set of geometric relationships. Our new technique is based on statistical and rule-based modeling approaches that are rapid to author, fast to construct, and easy to revise. From a few 2D microscopy scans, we learn statistical properties of various structural aspects, such as the outer membrane shape, spatial properties and distribution characteristics of the macromolecular elements on the membrane. This information is utilized in 3D model construction.
Paper: “Modeling in the Time of COVID-19: Statistical and Rule-based Mesoscale Models“