Exciting Summer Action

As has now become tradition, we have a passionate group of students working over the summer on their research projects in the LINDSAY Virtual Human lab. Projects directly related to LINDSAY are:

Gut-Brain Interactive Simulation & Game

Ryan Lee has returned to the LINDSAY lab for a second summer. He is continuing the Giant Walkthrough Gut, which is a VR-enabled immersive story about the human digestive and intestinal system. See Ryan’s video which shows his VR walkthrough in action.

This summer, we have brought Dr. Keith Sharkey and Dr. Marie-Claire Arrieta on board to provide their expert guidance for this project.

Ryan Lee: Gut-Brain Connections

LINDSAY Body Universe

Alex Vanc has been working on building our multi-model framework for LINDSAY. We want to create a seamless interface to connect all the LINDSAY models we have been building over the last few years. Now we have a first prototype of how this might look like. Alex has created an intriguing interface to delve into the Body Universe.

Alex Vanc: Multi-scale Body Universes in LINDSAY

kidSIM at the Alberta Children’s Hospital

We are collaborating with the kidSIM team at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) under the guidance of Dr. Vince Grant and many helpful physicians and nurses at ACH. Here are the projects at a glimpse.

Erin Brintnell is building a collection of immersive games for kids to play with when undergoing chemotherapy. The games are designed to understand the roles of different immune system agents.

Erin Brintnell: LeukemiaSim, a Game for Kids

Joweria Ekram is working with emergency physicians and nurses in collaboration with STARS to build a VR simulation scenario for patient transport in a helicopter.

Joweria Ekram: Child Patient Transport in a Helicopter

Andrew Galbraith is building a VR environment to support training for Endotracheal Intubation. This involves the blending of physical objects (tubes, laryngoscope) with virtual contents.

Talking about Augmented Reality

How do Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality enrich our lives? (Part 2)

As part of the Shaw TV’s Calgary Now daily show, Kevin Chorney is joined by Christian Jacob, Ph.D and Markus Santoso, Ph.D from the University of Calgary along with Russ Dawson & Radu Muresan from Calgary Games Delelopers Association (see Part 1 here)  for a discussion about Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. (Published on Oct 12, 2016)

See the discussion here.

Christian Jacob and Markus Santoso talking with Kevin Chorney @ Calgary Now (Oct 12, 2016)

LINDSAY on TEDx Calgary

Note: As of October 2016, this TEDx Talk is now available here.

We feel honoured to be part of TEDx Calgary! The wonderful team at TEDx Calgary had invited Dr. Christian Jacob to join the group of speakers for an outstanding event on Saturday, May 7th, 2016, hosted by the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

TEDx Cumming LINDSAY Poster

In front of the Libin Theatre at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

TEDx CJ-Simplify

Christian at the beginning of his TEDx talk, explaining his passion to untangle complex systems through illustrations and simulations

Christian was one of 10 speakers. Under the title “Scientists, start your engines! Game engines, that is.“, Christian talked about how modern game development engines are being used for interactive illustration, scientific story telling and virtual experiments. A brief glimpse into LINDSAY Body Universes gave an impression of how medical education is evolving into engaging story telling about human anatomy and physiology. We are closer to building “Google Earth for the Human Body” than we might think: a collection of explorable body universes at a wide range of scales — from proteins, cells and tissues to organs, systems, and whole body simulations.

For the TEDx Calgary Silk Road event interactions, our  LINDSAY team — Tim Davison, Douglas Yuen, Markus Santoso, and Justin Kelly — set up a fabulous display of what our lab is working on:

EUKARYO-DisplayEukaryo (Douglas Yuen): an interactive, 3-dimensional, fully immersive model of a eukaryotic cell. We have described this extensive model, which includes various pathways of a cell’s metabolism and its key organelles. This work is published in a paper presented at ALIFE 2016, Cancun, Mexico.

Prokaryo (Afshin Esmaeili): an agent-based, interactive model of an E. coli bacterium. This model illustrates the gene expression processes of transcription, translation, and simplified protein folding. The original Prokaryo system was published in BMC Bioinformatics. A colony of prokaryotic cells and their chemotactic behaviours is described in an ALIFE 2016 article.

Body Gallery & Heart DisplayVirtual Body Gallery (Nicole Ewert): a gallery of human anatomy as an immersive experience. See our brief video on the LINDSAY Virtual Human YouTube channel.

Heart Fly-through (Areesha Salman): follow a red blood cell on its journey through the heart. See our brief video on the LINDSAY Virtual Human YouTube channel.

anARtomy-DisplayanARtomy (Dr. Markus Santoso): demonstrations of using augmented reality technology to project anatomy models onto one’s own body or decorate any space with virtual anatomical specimens. Check out our video on the LINDSAY Virtual Human YouTube channel.

TEDx CJ-RedBloodCellProcedural Anatomy (Tim Davison): programmatically generated anatomical worlds form the building blocks for our multi-scale “Body Universes.”

IEC DisplayInteractive Evolutionary Design (Justin Kelly): we use interactive evolutionary design techniques to create, evaluate, and optimize parameter settings for virtual experiments. This is a first step towards “Augmented Intelligence”, where AI (Artificial Intelligence) where machine learning is combined with Visual Analytics, thus keeping the human expert in the loop as an evaluator and designer.

LINDSAY featured on CTV Two: Alberta Primetime

In April 2016, the work of our LINDSAY Virtual Human team has been featured on “Alberta Primetime”, a daily news show on CTV Two. See the story in this video.

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