Original Source: www.gulf-times.com, 20th April 2011
Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) hosted the awards ceremony for its 2011 Visualisation Development Competition (VDC 11) yesterday.
The third annual instalment of the competition was organised by the university’s ITS Research Computing Department.
The objective is to increase awareness of the benefits of visualisation within both research and teaching communities.
First place was awarded to TAMUQ’s Dr Reza Sadr (assistant professor of mechanical engineering), and Rana Khader (mechanical engineering research assistant), for their team’s project, ‘Near-wall effects on nano-particle motion in a microfluidics system.’
TAMUQ’s Dr Annie Ruimi (assistant professor of mechanical engineering), and her team’s ‘3D Visualisation of Looping, Tangling and Knot Formation of Surgical Threads’ won second place.
“Nanotechnology has become very important in this century, as it can improve efficiency of engineering systems for electronics, medicine and energy applications,” said Dr Sadr, while elaborating about the subject of his winning project. Microfluidics has become progressively important over the past decade to address the demand for increased efficiency in a wide range of applications in advanced systems, such as ink-jet printers, medical implants for injection of drugs and lab-on-a-chip devices, he maintained.
In this work, computer simulation and 3D visualisation are used to show particle motion, and the visualisation aims to allow the viewer to go into the nano scale and become part of the flow.
“This work can help illustrate the real motion of nano particles for students in physics and thermodynamics classrooms,” Dr Sadr added.
TAMUQ’s Research Computing director Dr Othmane Bouhali said that this year’s competition received 13 proposals outlining the project’s goal, research and/or teaching benefits and type of support needed.
Competition participants included Qatar Museum Authority and Birmingham University, Qatar Statistics Authority and Qatar University, Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and TAMUQ.
The selection committee members were Roger Head and Ahmed Zamri from RasGas, Dr Muqeem Khan (Northwestern University in Qatar) and Dr Hamid Parsaei (TAMUQ).
Dean and CEO Dr Mark H Weichold stated that TAMUQ is proud to be able to continue supporting scholarly activities that use cutting-edge visualisation technology.
“These tools support our teaching, research and day-to-day operations in the university, as well as allow us to utilise the data we so carefully collect and compile,” he said.
Dr Weichold observed it is encouraging that visualisation technology is becoming a staple for research.
“In fact, we know of proposals submitted in National Priorities Research Programme Cycle four that rely heavily on visualisation.
“So it is clear that Texas A&M at Qatar and its visualisation technology are a valuable resource, and are contributing to the university’s efforts to connect with the community and add value back to the State of Qatar,” he added.
The event also provided an opportunity for the teams to utilise TAMUQ’s Immersive Visualisation Facility which allows researchers to see and manipulate data in immersive 3D detail.