Molecular Augmented Reality for Design and Engineering (MADE): Effectiveness of AR Models on Discovery, Learning, and Education

Hyejin Hannah Kum-Biocca, Edgardo T. Farinas, Nisha Mistry, Yutong Wan

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The design and manipulation of chemical systems involves understanding the form or morphology of chemical structures. An understand of the form of chemical structure includes an understanding of the components of chemical structure, the functions of the forms and sub-components, and changes in the structure of chemical systems during interaction, maturation, or chemical processes. Viewed from a computer graphic viewpoint these chemical processes can be described and modelled as three-dimensional structures, changing shape, and interacting with other 3D structures. Furthermore, our intuition was that the visualization should be as embodied as possible and open for collaboration. In this project we seek to create a tool for collaborative, embodied visualization of biomolecules. To achieve this interaction with targeted for hand on visualizations allowing for biomolecular exploration and scientific visualization within immersive augmented reality platforms. We anticipate a tool where components can assist both in (1) biomolecule discovery and design and a subset applicable for (2) education in biomolecules. We conducted some formative research to analyze user value and requirement. For the prototype we focused on the visualization of DNA binding protein, called Zip Proteins. These proteins are transcription factors. This system is implemented across two devices that support AR capabilities: head mount display (HMD) and the mobile phone. Key development is the porting of these molecules to immersive augmented reality environment for direct interaction. Describing the advantage of the platform for this application at the broadest level, we can say that augmented reality platforms allow for full embodied interaction with the structures at any scale and contextualized by the physical background. We also discuss future plans for this platform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHCI International 2020 – Late Breaking Posters - 22nd International Conference, HCII 2020, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis, Margherita Antona, Stavroula Ntoa
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030607029
StatePublished - 2020
Event22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2020 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: Jul 19 2020Jul 24 2020

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Mathematics


  • Augmented reality
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • Scientific visualization


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