The system can serve as an educational tool to visualize biological process in a non-orthodox manner. Small tweaks can be used to generate a game-like, interactive educational platform.
Creating a simulation in 3D is more than a visual upgrade, it increases the fidelity of the simulation, bringing it one dimension closer to real biology.
We utilize a game engine to visualize the model, and allow the user to fully navigate in the 3D model, so hidden details can be exposed.
3D Visualization and Navigation
The system is built to allow easy experiment creation, with available templates. During experiments, it is simple to stop, rewind and fast forward while changing parameters and see how their immediate affect on the simulation.
OUR STRONG POINTS
This is an academic project, developed under the guidance of Dr. Uri Nevo (TAU) , Dr. Sol Efroni (BIU), and Prof. Ken Buetow (ASU).
The project is written by Dr. Danny Kario (TAU/UNSW) and Asaf Liberman (TAU), a PhD student, with the help of Jacob Brill (ASU), Efrat Ophir(TAU) and Matan Mussel (TAU).
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
So you like the idea? Great! There are several ways in which you can contribute:
Join the team. If you're a great game programmer / 3D artist / research student with interests in these fields, you can join our team, and start working on the future of cell studio.
Use the system. If you're a research biologist, a biophysicist or a researcher involved in computational biology and want to take the next step, you can get a copy of the system and start coding in experiments. We'd like your to hear your opinion of our system: what kind of insights you're looking for, what graphical features you'd like to see implemented, what kind of interaction made possible etc.
Donate. we are looking for sponsors that can help us in funding. If you think its relevant, please contact us. (email@example.com)
Viewing a phenomenon firsthand
The system mimics and visualizes a biological environment, helping the user get a “feel” for the system and the underlying biophysical or biological reasons that cause a phenomenon.
Testing experimental scenarios
Since an experiment is quick and easy to set up, this system can also be used for "prototyping" purposes, to get a quick "feel" of a cellular or experimental environment. This may aid in the design a wet experiment.
Trying out a set of parameters
The user can create a batch of experiments, changing certain parameters across experiments. This can help in estimating a "ballpark" for the parameter.
Educational use is also possible, as the system can help visualize and explain cellular processes.
A platform for real-time simulation and visualization of biological environments.
We strive to aid researchers in modelling and simulating biological scenarios in silico, in order to better understand the modelled system, and test a biological hypotheses prior to conducting a real biological experiment.
The system is designed to be intuitive and approachable. Preparing an experiment is done using a graphical user interface, while navigating it dynamically in 3D encourages intuition about processes that are otherwise hard to grasp.