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SCS partners A*STAR to promote STEM learning through Singapore Science Festival

Zafirah Salim | July 17, 2014
The festival will host a range of hands-on activities, events, workshops and guest performances island-wide from tomorrow till August 3.

"One of our researchers volunteered his heart for this project. He went through MRI scans which showed sections of his heart. With all that data, he came up with an algorithm to reconstruct the 3D image of his heart. Through visualisation, the doctor is able to see the insides of his heart. The shape of the heart alone is able to determine the health condition of the heart," Huan said. "The traditional method of MRI scans gives you sheets which are purely 2D information; now it's more 4D, with time as the fourth dimension."

Currently, Cardiowerkz is at the Proof-of-Value phase, which focuses on its clinical validation. It also has gone through two successful clinical trials and is undergoing four other clinical trials.

Other big data exhibits include treating ADHD patients using I2R brain computer interface technology, showcasing the makings of a hard disk drive, and how computers, robotics and medical devices can be controlled in real life using a virtual hand.

All these exhibits will be displayed at X-periment! - a three-day science carnival held at Marina Square Central Atrium, which features the latest developments and research work in the field of science and technology; whereby universities, research institutions, and companies will demonstrate their new innovations to the general public. 

There will also be performances by science entertainer 'The Dancing Scientist', as well as interactive, hands-on experiments for both kids and families at the booths manned by local researchers and scientists.

Visualising big data with Visual SG

The SCS signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with French software company Dassault Systemes in April this year to enhance science education in Singapore using 3D visualisation technology.

As part of the SSF 2014, the two entities will work closely together to launch Visual SG, an inaugural three-day visualisation event starting July 25. Visual SG will utilise virtual technology to help the public explore unusual sights and assimilate new scientific knowledge through its shows, displays, and interactive installations.

One of the installations that will be presented is Data Drives by Senseable City Lab, an initiative by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is an intuitive software tool for manipulating and visualising "urban big data" - the wealth of information generated by the city around us.

Data Drives puts an interactive touch-table into the hands of visitors, allowing them to engage with Singapore's big data, revealing the hidden dynamics of the city around them. Through this installation, visitors can discover how people are moving throughout the day, see how Singapore connects to the world through Changi Airport, find the relationship between weather conditions and road incidents, and learn about communication and connection among humans.


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