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3D Visualization Of Simulation Data In A Network Context:

A Case Study From Systems Biology


Peter Droste, Frieder Hadlich, Wolfgang Wiechert, Ermir Qeli

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ECMS 2008 Proceedings

Edited by: Loucas S. Louca, Yiorgos Chrysanthou, Zuzana Oplatkova, Khalid Al-Begain


ISBN: 978-0-9553018-6-5

Doi: 10.7148/2008


22nd European Conference on Modelling and Simulation,

Nicosia, June 3-6, 2008


Citation format:

Droste, P., Hadlich, F., Wiechert, W., & Qeli, E. (2008). 3D Visualization Of Simulation Data In A Network Context: A Case Study From Systems Biology. ECMS 2008 Proceedings edited by: L. S. Louca, Y. Chrysanthou, Z. Oplatkova, K. Al-Begain (pp. 227-233). European Council for Modeling and Simulation. doi:10.7148/2008-0227



Methods for 3D visualization are well established in all disciplines where simulation preprocessing data (e.g. FE meshes) or simulation output data is directly coupled to the geometry of the real system. The situation is quite different, when this connection is missing because the system is conceptually modeled by abstract structures. The complex interconnected biochemical reaction net- works in living cells which are studied in Systems Biol- ogy are a typical example. Here, it is a challenge to design visual representations of these networks showing all wanted structural features combined with quantita- tive data from simulation runs or experiments. This paper presents and evaluates three case studies that illustrate new visualization approaches in 3D to display structural and quantitative information related to bio- chemical networks and discusses the potential of inter- active 3D network visualization in context of Systems Biology.

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