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
OPAL Project


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


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

1 computer + 1 radiologist = 2 radiologists

September 26, 2006

A study found that using computers to read mammograms can significantly speed up the detection of breast cancer. Breast X-rays scanned by a computer as well as a radiologist were as successful as those read by two radiologists.

The study by Cancer Research UK scientists uses software called Computer Aided Detection, or CAD. CAD technology is already available in the US and some European countries, but has not been assessed for UK breast screening.

Does anyone know if CAD technology is available in BC?

Click here to read the rest of the article.

WEB eVAL is here! – designed by the head of medical informatics at St. Paul’s Hospital

June 22, 2006

Dr. Ric Arseneau, an internist at UBC has designed a medical education administration software product called WEB eEval. The program was originally implemented in Internal Medicine at UBC. This system is a program that provides electronic interface for evaluation forms that are presently used: resident, faculty and rotation evaluations. WEB eVAL helps to provide evaluation in a timely manner and to make the evaluation process more meaningful and effective.
Dr. Arseneau spent two years of hard work and twelve months of unpaid leave to develop WEB eVAL, a technological framework for medical education evaluation. Head of medical informatics at St. Paul’s Hospital, and an associate professor at UBC, Arseneau’s efforts have won him a BC Innovation in Educational Technology award for Leadership. His software program has been adopted by twelve medical schools in Canada and is being reviewed by medical schools in the U.S. It provides support for medical administration and evaluation of medical educators, residents and undergraduate medical students.