The ArtiSynth Project

February 10, 2008

CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) Computer Simulation is a powerful tool used by many computer scientists and engineers to simulate complicated physical systems and design new technologies. This powerful technique is currently employed by the UBC Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Center (MAGIC) in their ArtiSynth Project.

ArtiSynth is a 3D Biomechanical Modeling Toolkit that allows computer scientists, engineers and even regular doctors to make complicated mathematical predictions of the human body. By combining rigid-body skeletal components as well as 3D finite element soft-body objects, the program allows its users to model the complex biomechanical interactions that occurs between the rigid bones and the soft muscles of the human body.

Though it is still in its development phase, ArtiSynth is already used in many medical research projects including the OPAL Project.

Using ArtiSynth, researchers have constructed a 3D computer model of the human pharyngeal and laryngeal complex. This model can be used to measure internal forces and neuromotor activation levels of the muscles around the oralpharangeal area and determine the effects of muscle damage and paralysis (due to surgery or stroke) on swallowing and speech.

The ArtiSynth Project
http://www.magic.ubc.ca/artisynth/pmwiki.php?n=Main.HomePage
OPAL Project
http://www.magic.ubc.ca/artisynth/pmwiki.php?n=OPAL.HomePage
 


Philips, Intel to offer medical device

March 1, 2007

On the hills of the announcement of the C5 Medical Tablet, Philips and Intel also released a tablet PC based on Intel’s Mobile Clinical Assistant platform.

Philips, one of the world’s largest makers of medical equipment, said the device, replete with touch screen and digital camera, had numerous uses. Among them: “to reduce medication errors, positively identify staff and patients, fill out charts, capture vital signs, write up reports and validate blood transfusions, as well as (provide) the ability to closely monitor the healing of wounds.”

Yahoo! News

[via Engadget.com]


Human Metabolism Recreated in Lab

February 3, 2007

US researchers say they have created a “virtual” model of all the biochemical reactions that occur in human cells.

They hope the computer model will allow scientists to tinker with metabolic processes to find new treatments for conditions such as high cholesterol.

Read more… 


Free (!!) IT Workshops

September 28, 2006

UBC

Want to learn how to use Photoshop? How about Flash or Dreamweaver (HTML)? Maybe even Excel (..just maybe..) and others. Well, here’s your perfect opportunity to do so. The Arts ISIT and the UBC Library are hosting a series of free, I repeat free, workshops aimed at students (and staff and faculty) who want to learn how to use these applications. Be sure to check out their schedule here.

MWF 12-1 pm
Buchanan B114