The Birth of a Virtual Cell

Peter Mindek, Johannes Sorger, David KouĊ™il, Tobias Klein, Graham Johnson, Ivan Viola
The Birth of a Virtual Cell
submitted to the Pacific Vis 2017 Storytelling Contest

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Abstract

In our current research project, we are working on the interactive visualization of cellular data at multiple scales. The visual story telling contest motivated us to describe the process of bringing this complex volumetric data "to life". We scripted the visual story directly within the current build of our multi-scale visualization. The entire video is therefore rendered in real time. This enabled us to directly show the steps involved in the rendering of our final visualization based on the actual data and the actual algorithms that are applied. The various effects in the video are therefore parameter variables for existing multi-scale visualization functions that change over time. The final result of our visualization was inspired by a rendering of the reference 3D model that was created by a scientific illustrator. The challenge that we overcome in our visualization was to create a rendering of the original data at stable 30 frames per second that matches the offline rendered illustration in visual quality, which helps to clarify the complex 3D arrangements of the inner components of the cell.

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@misc{mindek-2017-virtualcell,
  title =      "The Birth of a Virtual Cell",
  author =     "Peter Mindek and Johannes Sorger and David Kou\v{r}il and
               Tobias Klein and Graham Johnson and Ivan Viola",
  year =       "2017",
  abstract =   "In our current research project, we are working on the
               interactive visualization of cellular data at multiple
               scales. The visual story telling contest motivated us to
               describe the process of bringing this complex volumetric
               data "to life". We scripted the visual story directly within
               the current build of our multi-scale visualization. The
               entire video is therefore rendered in real time. This
               enabled us to directly show the steps involved in the
               rendering of our final visualization based on the actual
               data and the actual algorithms that are applied. The various
               effects in the video are therefore parameter variables for
               existing multi-scale visualization functions that change
               over time. The final result of our visualization was
               inspired by a rendering of the reference 3D model that was
               created by a scientific illustrator. The challenge that we
               overcome in our visualization was to create a rendering of
               the original data at stable 30 frames per second that
               matches the offline rendered illustration in visual quality,
               which helps to clarify the complex 3D arrangements of the
               inner components of the cell.",
  month =      apr,
  note =       "submitted to the Pacific Vis 2017 Storytelling Contest",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2017/mindek-2017-virtualcell/",
}