Nanographics has published a scientific paper presented at the IEEE VIS 2019 conference. The paper presents a novel technique to procedurally animate complex molecular structures based on measured data.
Abstract Biologists often use computer graphics to visualize structures, which due to physical limitations are not possible to image with a microscope. One example for such structures are microtubules, which are present in every eukaryotic cell. They are part of the cytoskeleton maintaining the shape of the cell and playing a key role in the cell division. In this paper, we propose a scientifically-accurate multi-scale procedural model of microtubule dynamics as a novel application scenario for procedural animation, which can generate visualizations of their overall shape, molecular structure, as well as animations of the dynamic behaviour of their growth and disassembly. The model is spanning from tens of micrometers down to atomic resolution. All the aspects of the model are driven by scientific data. The advantage over a traditional, manual animation approach is that when the underlying data change, for instance due to new evidence, the model can be recreated immediately. The procedural animation concept is presented in its generic form, with several novel extensions, facilitating an easy translation to other domains with emergent multi-scale behavior.
Take a look at the talk of our CTO Peter Mindek about how to use scientific visualization for presenting biological structures like viruses and cells. The talk was presented at the FYI – Conference for Information Design in Vienna. FYI is the first conference for information design and took place in November 2018 in the Wiener Nordbahn-Halle. The event was organised by NDU graduates in Graphic and Information Design who have joined forces to form a platform. Information design is the art of processing information in such a way that it can be used efficiently (economically) and effectively by people
During the three days of the Innovation and Incubation Center (i²c) STARTacademy, participating teams intensively work on the best methods to communicate their research projects in a short, comprehensible to the wide public and compelling manner. This prepares the teams to pitch the commercial potential of their research to a jury of industry. As one of the participants Nanographics was awarded with the “Best Overall Concept”. This includes participation in the 3 week long accelerator program “go Tel Aviv”, which is organized by GIN (Global Incubator Network).
We have received the Austrian Computer Graphics Award 2016 – Best Technical Solution for our realtime molecular visualization software. The Austrian Computer Graphics Award has developed to a renowned event in the Austrian CG community since its first appearance in 2012 thanks to its international jury and excellent reputation. It creates a window into Austrian computer graphics projects highlights the best entries.