Virtual Reality (VR) can be described as an artificial environment that has been created digitally. By providing the user’s senses with information as realistic as possible, the user is presented with a version of reality that doesn’t really exist, yet can be experienced as very convincing.
Initially an InfraVis pilot project, the VR lab at LTH has worked with Sridhar Halali, a researcher at the LU Dept. of Biology. As part of his work to understand how butterflies have evolved in response to environmental changes, Dr Halali has collected a dataset of microCT scans of butterflies. The specific trait of interest is in this case the shape of the head. It can, however, be a greatly time-consuming task to isolate body segments in a large 3-dimensional dataset using the 2D interface of the standard software (3D Slicer). This is where the VR Lab comes in, analyzing the problem, building on existing plugins for visualization and interaction in VR, and parallel processing to implement a solution to facilitate the task.
The project aims at designing an infrastructure that supports VR applications in the cloud using 5G/6G.
The visualisation can lead to a discussion about the regulations for sound environments, and to the initiation of new research questions about health effects.