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Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific (2011)
Hong Kong, China
Mar. 1, 2011 to Mar. 4, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61284-935-5
pp: 35-42
ABSTRACT
Recent advances in microscopic imaging technology have enabled neuroscientists to obtain unprecedentedly clear images of neurons. To extract additional knowledge from the tangled neurons, for example, their connective relationships, is key to understanding how information is processed and transmitted within the brain. In this paper, we will introduce our recent endeavor, the Neuron Navigator (NNG), which integrates a 3D neuron image database into an easy-to-use visual interface. Via a flexible and user-friendly interface, NNG is designed to help researchers analyze and observe the connectivity within the neural maze and discover possible pathways. With NNG's 3D neuron image database, researchers can perform volumetric searches using the location of neural terminals, or the occupation of neuron volumes within the 3D brain space. Also, the presence of the neurons under a combination of spatial restrictions can be shown as well. NNG is a result of a multi-discipline collaboration between neuroscientists and computer scientists, and NNG has now been implemented on a coordinated brain space, that being, the Drosophila (fruit fly) brain. NNG is accessible through: http://211.73.64.34/NNG.
INDEX TERMS
visual databases, data visualisation, medical image processing, neurophysiology, user interfaces, Drosophila brain, neuron navigator, information pathway, neural maze, microscopic imaging technology, neuroscientist, tangled neurons, 3D neuron image database, easy-to-use visual interface, user friendly interface, 3D brain space, multidiscipline collaboration, computer scientist, Neurons, Artificial neural networks, Three dimensional displays, Image databases, Data visualization, Visualization, connectivity search, neuroscience, 3D image database, neuro-image visualization
CITATION
"The Neuron Navigator: Exploring the information pathway through the neural maze", Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific, vol. 00, no. , pp. 35-42, 2011, doi:10.1109/PACIFICVIS.2011.5742370
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