Colloquy Cycle on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 10:30
Visualization of Biomolecules’ Dynamic and Complex Properties
For the last decades, the understanding of biomolecules like DNA and proteins is on a permanent rise. This lead to engineering processes that are able to produce specialized variants of the molecules, e. g. to solve other tasks than intended by nature. To perform these engineering processes, biochemists need to understand how the molecules work and how changes in their underlying structure lead to changes in reaction behavior. To that end, simulations and experiments are performed that generate vast amounts of data. The analysis of the many-faceted data can be a cumbersome task, if not supported by suitable analysis tools. This is where biomolecular visualization comes into play. Specialized visualization techniques and algorithms for biomolecules can lead to faster insights of the domain scientists, so many of them were developed in the recent years. Despite the amount of different methods, there are still many tasks left that are not supported by current visualization techniques. This talk presents some of the work performed by VISUS in the field of biomolecular visualization, including methods for uncertainty visualization on protein cartoon renderings, interactive exploration of tera-scale datasets and the abstracted visualization of enzymatic binding sites.
Karsten Schatz received a MSc in computer science from the Unversity of Stuttgart. Since 2016 he is a PhD student at the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS). His research interests include the interactive visualization of protein-solvent systems as well as the visualization of other biomolecules. Additionally he is interested in the interactive visualization of tera-scale data sets.