The simulation uses a cinematic approach and evocative animation to deliver a message that’s accessible to adults and children alike. “One of the very few pieces of good news about this virus is that it’s actually very fragile – if you wash your hands with soap, the whole virus basically collapses like a house of cards,” Prof. Thordarson says.
The simulation was created by UNSW’s 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab (3DVAL), which explores arts- and design-led visualisations of complex scientific and biomedical data. The Lab creates immersive platforms that play out scientific phenomena, such as drug interactions with cancerous cells or interactive personalised scans of strokes to help patients understand their treatment. “3D-visualisations make complex science comprehensible. The creative industries are in a unique position to be able to offer these kinds of innovative educational simulations,” says CI Associate Professor John McGhee who created the simulation with UNSW 3DVAL post-doctoral researcher Dr Andrew Lilja. “We collaborate with colleagues engaged in cutting-edge research to create interactive media that brings to life the detail behind biomedical processes.”