Christian Jacob, Ph.D.Dr-Ing. in Informatics Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Areas of Research
Augmented reality and virtual reality provide new ways to present, explore, and analyze data and digital contents. Imagine walking through a "data forest." Imagine turning any physical space into a data display, including holograms, 3D objects that float in mid air, or digital worlds that immerse you in simulated scenarios.
Computer game engines are becoming powerful tools to build scenarios for scientific simulations and models. These simulations can now be immersive 3D worlds (which one can dive into) and explore in an engaging and interactive fashion. Much of my research is inspired by processes we observe in biological systems. I am particularly interested in systems that display swarm intelligence (e.g., ant colonies, fish schools, flocks of birds). We use agent-based modeling approaches to build such swarming systems, including interactions of cells, we simulate bacteria (E. coli), eukaryotic cells, immune system interactions, human body physiology, and much more.
We are working on building a 3-dimensional, interactive model of male and femal anatomy and physiology. We use computer game engines to create immersive scenarios to walk and fly through the human body, while exploring and observing the fascinating processes of our "machineries of life."
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