One of the ongoing projects and collaborations the ScienceVis Lab has been involved in relates to how animations of dynamic processes are mentally processed and how educational animations can be designed to facilitate this processing.For an upcoming educational study, we are designing stimuli that depict ant locomotion. For these stimuli, we require a realistic ant model and rig, which I have been working on recently. The rigging process involved determining what controls would be necessary, with the ability to match data from primary literature sources by verifying measurements of angles and distances on the model.This animated gif shows a few of the possible model motions in action.Detail and textures were sculpted on to the model to increase the perception of realism.The design of the dynamic nature of the stimuli is still in progress, but hopefully soon we will see this ant walking.
Through the molecular visualization work that we have been doing, a number of processes have been explored that may be worthwhile sharing with the broader science visualization community. Here are two tutorials that explore the use of Molecular Maya to help visualize macromolecules.