Visualisation and integration of multimodal data sets in Cellular Biology presents a number of challenges. The ability to combine data ranging from atomic to nanometer resolution is not a trivial task, but is extremely beneficial in analyzing the structure and function of a cell. The Visible Cell Project aims to address these needs, however, no concrete requirements criteria or directions have been defined to address these needs. In response to this situation, a prototype system has been developed to address the challenge of defining the requirements and exploring possible future directions in multimodal data visualisation and integration.
The prototype was developed as a proof-of-concept guide. Through its development, the high level criteria for visualisation and integration of multimodal data sets have been established. A number of existing visualisation technologies were evaluated and one software package was consequently used for the prototype implementation. While the prototype itself does not present a usable system, it provides the groundwork for future development of functional visualisation and integration systems.
The research carried out to realise this project indicates that the future work lies in the areas of data definition, system development and large-scale visualisation.
Here are some videos of the project in action.
If you are interested in reading the whole thing, it's available here: thesis.pdf [2899.45 Kb] (1264 downloads)