Role of haptics in teaching structural molecular biology

G. Sankaranarayanan, S. Weghorst, M. Sanner, A. Gillet, A. Olson

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Abstract

Physical models such as ball-and-stick have long been used in teaching basic chemistry and structural molecular biology. As the size and complexity of known molecular structures increases, it is difficult if not impossible to show all of their features in a physical model alone. Recent advances in automated model fabrication technology now afford physical models of more complex molecular structures. In this multi-institutional collaborative project we are creating multi-modality enhancements of such tangible models by superimposing graphical (augmented reality) information on top of the fabricated physical models, by incorporating support for voice commands, and by providing haptic feedback. The user of such an interface can request a variety of overlay representations and can interact with these virtual enhancements haptically while manipulating the physical model. This multi-modality interface appears to be quite intuitive for observing complex molecular structure. We are currently evaluating its usefulness in teaching molecular biology to high school students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 11th Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, HAPTICS 2003
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages363-366
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)0769518907, 9780769518909
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, HAPTICS 2003 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2003Mar 23 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings - 11th Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, HAPTICS 2003

Conference

Conference11th Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, HAPTICS 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period3/22/033/23/03

Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Biological system modeling
  • Chemical technology
  • Chemistry
  • Collaboration
  • Computational biology
  • Education
  • Fabrication
  • Feedback
  • Haptic interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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