Campus Units

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Human Computer Interaction

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Conference

ASME 2010 World Conference on Innovative Virtual Reality

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

Proceedings of the ASME 2010 World Conference on Innovative Virtual Reality

First Page

237

Last Page

240

DOI

10.1115/WINVR2010-3708

Conference Title

ASME 2010 World Conference on Innovative Virtual Reality

Conference Date

May 12–14, 2010

City

Ames, Iowa, USA

Abstract

Knowledge of cellular structure and function has increased dramatically with the advent of modern molecular and computational technologies. Helping students to understand cellular dynamics is a major challenge to educators. To address this challenge, we have developed the Kabala Engine, an open source engine based on OpenSG (http://www.opensg.org) and VRJuggler (http://www.vrjuggler.org). This engine is designed to enable biologists, and indeed any domain expert — chemists, artists, psychologists — to create virtual interactive worlds for teaching or research. As a proof-of-concept, we have used this engine to create Meta!Blast, a virtual plant cell containing a prototype chloroplast in which students can enter, activate the light reactions, including electron excitation, and create molecular oxygen and ATP.

Comments

This is a proceeding from ASME 2010 World Conference on Innovative Virtual Reality (2010): 237, doi: 10.1115/WINVR2010-3708. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Society of Mechanical Engineering

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

Share

Article Location

 
COinS