Forum: our Bits & Pixels blog

Welcome to the visualization forum! Here we share news about ARTEMiS and notes on our process of creating visualizations. All posts are “tagged” by relevant topics (see left sidebar). You are welcome to contact us to suggest other discussions.

Erika Lu, MIT Class of 2017, joins ARTEMiS as a student assistant

June 26, 2014
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We are happy to welcome Erika Lu, MIT Class of 2017! Erika joined ARTEMiS as a student assistant after taking our animation class in January 2014. She is currently working with Violeta and Betsy on 3D interactive visualizations for MIT’s signature undergraduate course 8.02 Physics II , for which we collaborate with Dr. Analia Barrantes and Dr. Saif Rayyan. Besides 3D modeling and scripting in Unity, Erika also provides invaluable input on the graphic design from a student’s perspective. We are also pleased to report that Erika was accepted to the highly competitive student volunteer program for SIGGRAPH 2014 and…

Dr. Violeta Ivanova teaches visualization in Pakistan

October 18, 2013
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In September, ARTEMiS leader Violeta Ivanova traveled to Pakistan to teach a workshop on Visualization in Science Education. The Virtual University (VU) of Pakistan in Lahore hosted the four-day workshop, providing a computer lab and technical support. Educators from several Pakistani universities and professional staff from VU attended the workshop. EDC/USAID provided funding for curriculum and resource development and travel through a grant to MIT to develop an online teacher training program for Pakistan. You can learn more about the EDC-Pakistan: Teacher Training project on this website. To find out more about the workshop in Lahore, see article titled EDC/USAID…

3D modeling and texturing the astronaut for Human Motion in Microgravity

July 18, 2013
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This post outlines the process used to model and texture the astronaut in ARTEMiS’s Unity3D game Human Motion in Microgravity. 1. Reference images Photographs were taken of the astronaut suit from the front, back, and side views. (The Bio-Suit TM, designed by Guillermo Trotti and fabricated by Dainese, Italy, is a future generation spacesuit, which is currently being developed by the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department for NASA.) 2. Modeling – Maya The reference photos were imported into Maya as image planes and used as templates for creating the model. (Note: A helpful tutorial for creating a 3D humanoid model…

ARTEMiS will present at SIGGRAPH 2013

July 18, 2013
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ARTEMiS will be presenting at the SIGGRAPH 2013 conference in Anaheim, California. We will be sharing our latest works and experiences in educational visualization, focusing on 3D animation and interactive media, in a Birds of a Feather session: Visualization for Science and Engineering Education Sunday, July 21, 10-11 am Room 203B, Anaheim Convention Center We hope you can join us this Sunday! Our talk is part of this year’s education forum at SIGGRAPH and is co-sponsored by the Education Committee. If you are at the conference and would like to learn more about ARTEMiS or just chat with us, please also feel…

What’s your flavor of visualization?

September 20, 2012
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We are often asked what it takes to create a visualization. The answer is always the same: it depends. What kind of visualization? 2d or 3d? Still or animated? Conceptual or photorealistic? Pre-rendered or interactive in real time? Since the effort involved – hence the artistic skills needed – to create a visualization vary greatly between different styles, we have developed a simple reference guide for our collaborators. Check out the ARTEMiS Visualization Style Guide and pick your flavor of visualization! The style guide is meant to be a starting point and is in no way comprehensive. If you have a…

Visual artist Betsy Skrip joins MIT ARTEMiS

August 29, 2012
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ARTEMiS and OEIT welcome Elizabeth (Betsy) Skrip to our team! Betsy joined MIT in July 2012 as an Educational Technology Consultant in Graphic Arts and Design, bringing her remarkable skills and experience in scientific illustration, animation, and design. Currently, Betsy is designing graphic assets for our 3D plate tectonics interactive visualizations and also developing ARTEMiS’s visualization style guide. In the fall semester, she will be busy creating 3D animation as well as developing visualization training curriculum for IAP and Spring 2013. Betsy holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Medical Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology and B.S. summa…

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

- Pablo Picasso