The Anatomical Entertainer: A Physicalization Project in the Domain of Medical Visualization

Type: 
DA
Persons: 
1

Description

Physical representations of data have existed for thousands of years. With the contemporary advances in domains, such as digital fabrication, a new area of research is emerging: data physicalization. Data physicalization aims to help users explore, understand, and communicate data using computer-supported physical data representations, called physicalizations.

In this project, we would like to explore the possibilities of data physicalization within the domain of Medical Visualization. Data physicalization in the medical domain has great potential, as the presentation of medical data can significantly benefit from interaction and manipulation - especially, for anatomical education purposes. To this end, we would like to develop the Anatomical Entertainer, a computer-assisted physicalization to provide new means for anatomical education through computer generated illustrations, which can be printed and explored in a novel, hands-on manner by the user.

Tasks

Develop the Anatomical Entertainer, a scalable and reusable computer-supported medical data physicalization, focused on aiding anatomical education in a hands-on, comprehensive and comprehensible way. The student will design and develop the human anatomical illustrations using state-of-the-art illustrative visualization techniques. These illustrations will be printed in tangible hardcopies, which can be later on interactively explored and manipulated, to gain more insight and knowledge on the human anatomy. More details about the subtasks and the workflow of the topic will be provided upon request.

Requirements

  • Knowledge of English language (source code comments and final report should be in English)
  • Interest and Knowledge in Medical Visualization, in particular Illustrative Visualization and Anatomical Education
  • Good programming skills
  • Creativity and enthusiasm

Environment

The project should be implemented as a standalone application, desktop or web-based (to be discussed).

Contact

For more information please contact Renata Raidou (rraidou@cg.tuwien.ac.at) or Eduard Gröller (groeller@cg.tuwien.ac.at).