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Today's Tools - Tomorrow's Scientists

An ImageVis3D Project

The SCI Institute holds a strong belief that providing research opportunities to undergraduate and even high school students will not only encourage them to pursue studies in the sciences, but also give them a head start in their future academic lives. Being allowed to work side by side with PhD-level scientists within a real research institute moves science from something that happens in a text book or highly structured laboratory to the dynamic work environment shared by scientists around the world...

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Solving Mysteries of Autism via The Power of Collaboration

Dr. Guido Gerig Early-Brain Development Research Reveals Vibrant Clues

The glossy whiteboards that line the walls in offices, lounge areas, and conference rooms are one of the first things Guido Gerig, PhD, noted when the University of Utah's Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute first began courting him to join their team in 2007. For someone so prominent worldwide for his image analysis expertise and seminal research, whiteboards seemed the simplest of visual tools. Yet, what these signaled to Gerig was that this place fostered collaboration among students, postdocs, and faculty...

 

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Mobile Mayhem: Researchers Harness Kraken to Model Explosions via Transport

First, the bad news: all across America, trucks and tractor-trailers are transporting industrial explosives on nearly every artery of the country’s interstate and highway system. That’s right, volatile explosives, including munitions, rocket motors, and dynamite, are moving at a high rate of speed down a roadway not too far from you.

Now, the good news: America’s track record in transporting these materials is about as safe as they come. Very rarely, almost never in fact, are the potential dangers of these transports realized...

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Meshing for Multimaterial Biological Volumes: BioMesh3D

Over the past year the CIBC, in partnership with our collaborators, has begun to introduce a generalized image-processing pipeline and associated software to the biomedical community.

With the widespread use of medical imaging, there is a growing need for better analysis of datasets. One method for improving analysis is to simulate biological processes and medical interventions in silico, in order to render better predictions...

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AFib: Collaborating on Driving Biological Problems

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an electrophysiological condition that represents an increasing problem in the aging populations of the world; AF doubles the risk of stroke and mortality and diminishes quality of life. The best current method to evaluate the progression of AF and monitor the success of interventions is via an invasive intra-cardiac catheter-based electrical mapping procedure. A noninvasive means to evaluate characteristics of AF prior to treatment and to track the effect of interventions over time would be extremely valuable, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers such an opportunity...

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Uncertainty Visualization

The estimation and visualization of uncertainty information is an important research problem in both simulation and visualization. Uncertainty is a term used to describe the error, confidence, and variation of a dataset in order to allow a scientist to understand the accuracy not only of the data but also of the processes used to explore the data. One such technique, sensitivity analysis, helps the scientist to understand the effects of perturbing parameters of a function. Small perturbations of the input parameters that create large perturbations in the output results can...

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Simulation of Electric Stimulation for Bone Growth

Osseointegration is a surgical procedure that provides direct skeletal attachment between an implant and host tissue with proven success in dental, auricle, and transfemoral implants. However, one challenge with using natural biological fixation is attaining a strong skeletal interlock at the implant interface, a prerequisite for long-term implant function. Utilizing metallic implants as a means of biological fixation has been the objective of orthopedic surgeons over the past two centuries. However, controlling osteogenesis at the implant interface, which is essential for providing strong skeletal fixation, remains challenging...

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Visualization

Attempting to display the entirety of a large volumetric dataset at one time would result in an overwhelming amount of information. Furthermore, visualization tools based on volume rendering present the user with a host of confusing options. We present ClearView, which provides a simplified volume visualization tool with a focus on doing what matters most: looking at your data. Users frequently want to direct the viewer's attention to a particular region of their volumes...