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3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab

John McGhee's medical visualisations:
Acute Coronary Syndrome (process image)
John McGhee's medical visualisations:
Cystic Fibrosis

3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab

The 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab  (3D-Vis AL) is an interdisciplinary research lab that explores arts-led approaches to visualising data. The team uses the creative methodologies and narrative approaches seen in the video games, film visual effects (VFX) and interaction design fields to challenge established aesthetics.

The lab is a custom build facility at UNSW Art & Design consisting of 3D visualisation workstations, virtual reality (VR) suite and render farm. It brings together arts-led researchers, biomedical scientists, clinical imaging professionals, 3D computer visualisers and health service researchers.  

The lab functions as an active research space, investigating new ways of visualising scientific datasets. Current biomedical projects include an investigation into enhanced patient-doctor interaction methods through improved visualisation of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), CT (Computed Tomography) data. Another ongoing project investigates alternative models of visualising cancer cell data based on 3D acquired Microscopy imagery.

Collaborative partners include Garvan Institute, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney and Children's Cancer Institute and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University.