MolVis - Virtual Exploration of Proteins
Research in Biomedical Imaging
KeywordsVirtual Reality, Macromolecular Structures, CAVE, Scientific Visualization
Project DescriptionThe rapid growth in publically available macromolecular data sets has created the need for improved distribution and representation of biological data. Since the function of a molecule is directly related to its three-dimensional (3D) structure, techniques for investigating molecular structure, function and interaction are essential for cellular biologists and drug designers in particular.
This prototype study explores the possibilities and potentials of surround-screen projection-based virtual reality environments for interactive visualization of multiple molecular models.
MolScript, a program for textbook quality imaging, was enhanced with CAVE-functionality to facilitate stereoscopic real-time rendering for displaying and manipulating realistic 3D structural models of macromolecular data.
An intuitive and natural user interface was added to enable exploration and side-by-side comparison as well as superimposition of visually appealing and scientifically meaningful visualizations.
This work was supported by the members of the NSF Engineering Research Center and the Department of Computer Science at Mississippi State University, the members of the Center for Image Processing and Integrated Computing (CIPIC) at the University of California, Davis, and the AG Graphische Datenverarbeitung und Computergeometrie at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.