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In this paper we present an in situ evaluation of a haptic system, with a representative test population, we aim to determine what, if any, benefit haptics can have in a biomolecular education context. We have developed a haptic application for conveying concepts of molecular interactions, specifically in protein-ligand docking. Utilizing a semi-immersive(More)
Direct volume rendering (DVR) is of increasing diagnostic value in the analysis of data sets captured using the latest medical imaging modalities. The deployment of DVR in everyday clinical work, however, has so far been limited. One contributing factor is that current transfer function (TF) models can encode only a small fraction of the user's domain(More)
We present a general, proxy-based approach to volume haptics founded upon the notion of 'haptic primi-tives'. Haptic modes each representing a different aspect of volumetric data, are created by defining sets of haptic primitives which reflect the local properties of the data. The proxy position for every time-frame in the hap-tic loop is found by balancing(More)
This paper presents a procedure for virtual autopsies based on interactive 3D visualizations of large scale, high resolution data from CT-scans of human cadavers. The procedure is described using examples from forensic medicine and the added value and future potential of virtual autopsies is shown from a medical and forensic perspective. Based on the(More)
1. Original volume losslessly compressed to 54 MB (ratio 2.7:1). 2. Rendered volume using 11% of full data size (16 MB, ratio 9:1). 3. Rendered volume using 1.4% of full data size (2.0 MB, ratio 72:1). 4. Rendered volume using 0.3% of full data size (0.44 MB, ratio 326:1). Figure 1: Data reduction effects using Adaptive Decompression with our High Quality(More)
The ever increasing size and complexity of volu-metric data in a wide range of disciplines makes it useful to augment volume visualization tools with alternative modalities. Studies have shown that introducing haptics can significantly increase both exploration speed and precision. It is also capable of conveying material properties of data and thus has(More)
Direct Volume Rendering (DVR) is known to be of diagnostic value in the analysis of medical data sets. However, its deployment in everyday clinical use has so far been limited. Two major challenges are that the current methods for Transfer Function (TF) construction are too complex and that the tissue separation abilities of the TF need to be extended. In(More)
Air traffic control (ATC) is a human-dependent safety critical activity therefore the information that is made available to the human decision-maker-the controller-is of extreme importance. In ATC, the design of human-machine interfaces requires particular attention, especially when a new technology is considered. To support the investigation on the(More)
Medical imaging plays a central role in a vast range of healthcare practices. The usefulness of 3D visualizations has been demonstrated for many types of treatment planning. Nevertheless, full access to 3D renderings outside of the radiology department is still scarce even for many image-centric specialties. Our work stems from the hypothesis that this(More)
This article presents two new parametric models of the <i>Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function</i> (BRDF), one inspired by the Rayleigh-Rice theory for light scattering from optically smooth surfaces, and one inspired by micro-facet theory. The models represent scattering from a wide range of glossy surface types with high accuracy. In(More)