Prysm Video Wall

To celebrate its 50th anniversary year, the College of Engineering commissioned a video piece that illustrates the societal impact of its research. “College of Engineering Research: Transforming Society” was designed by Body Echo Productions for display on an interactive video wall created by Prysm, Inc. The project was supported PTC® and Communication Technology Services.

The video wall display is the creation of two College of Engineering alumni, Amit Jain (’85, 88) and Roger Hajjar (’88). They invented the laser phosphor display technology that combines the most advanced high-definition, low-energy, virtually seamless displays with touch-enabled interaction. Their company, Prysm, Inc., supplies video walls to businesses, governments and universities around the world.

The Prysm video wall was constructed in the lobby of the main College of Engineering building at 44 Cummington Mall in Boston. Body Echo produced this brief video of the project.

Boston University College of Engineering: Video Wall Installation from Body Echo LLC on Vimeo.

PTC

Production of the video was made possible with the support of PTC®. The company’s technology solutions help customers transform the way they create and service products across the entire product lifecycle – from conception and design to sourcing and service. PTC® is also a major supporter of the College’s Engineering Product Innovation Center, which will soon display a version of the video in its Commonwealth Avenue windows.

Communication Technology Services

Production of the video was also supported by Communication Technology Services, which provides the highest quality telecommunications services needed in today’s network environment. CTS offers nationwide solutions in wireless turnkey design and deployment, voice and data cabling, call center/help desk support, national rollouts, maintenance and monitor services, and general contracting.

Body Echo

Body Echo LLC was founded by Boston University College of Fine Arts Professor Hugh O’Donnell to develop multimedia productions that bring together diverse technical and artistic expertise. The mission of the company is to cross borders that traditionally separate specialized domains of knowledge, bridging the distance between the humanities and general sciences. The outcome is the creation of artworks that are a fusion of poetry and scientific research, and a digital print and motion graphic video portfolio of great diversity and range.

Art Director
HUGH O’DONNELL

Producer/Executive Producer
TINA EDEN

Research
HUGH O’DONNELL
TINA EDEN
AKHIL BHATT

Lead Animator and Compositor
AKHIL BHATT

Animation Production Coordinator
AKHIL BHATT

3D Modeler and Animator
DAVID BINN

3D Modeler
DEREK CUNEO

2D Animator and Compositor
JUSTIN MALONEY

3D Modeler, Animator and Compositor
RYAN TINDALL

2D Animator and Compositor
JASON YU

Audio Post Production
JASON FOSTER
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This film is based on primary research conducted by Boston University College of Engineering faculty and their respective research teams.

We acknowledge and thank the following people and sources for their contributions.
SECTION: OPTICAL SCIENCE AND PHOTONIC SYSTEMS

SEGMENT: OPTOGENETICS – TRAFFIC LIGHTS FOR THE BRAIN

Primary Research Source
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR XUE HAN, Ph.D.

Visualization Reference
Optogenetics Animation
BROWN UNIVERSITY

Visualization Reference
Genome of Luminescent Gene ChR2
KRZYWINSKI, M. ET AL. CIRCOS: AN INFORMATION AESTHETIC FOR COMPARATIVE GENOMICS. GENOME RES (2009) 19:1639-1645

SEGMENT: DEFORMABLE MIRRORS

Primary Research Source
PROFESSOR THOMAS BIFANO, Ph.D.
RESEARCH FELLOW YANG LU

Visualization References
High Order Aberration Correction Diagram
Deformable Mirror and AO Microscope
COURTESY OF BOSTON MICROMACHINES CORPORATION

Photograph: The Robo-AO
COURTESY OF CHRISTOPH BARANEC , Ph.D.

Movie of Saturn
COURTESY OF CHRISTOPH BARANEC, Ph.D., AND THE ROBO-AO COLLABORATION

Photographs
Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope Image of the Central Retina of a Diabetic Patient
Before and After Deformable Aberration Correction
COURTESY OF YANG LU, Ph.D. AND JENNIFER K. SUN, M.D., M.P.H.; BEETHAM EYE INSTITUTE, JOSLIN DIABETES CENTER

Visualization Reference
Deformable Mirror Image Correction
DAVE WILLIAMS LABORATORY
Movie of Microaneurysm and Capillaries
COURTESY OF YANG LU, Ph.D. AND JENNIFER K. SUN, M.D., M.P.H.; BEETHAM EYE INSTITUTE, JOSLIN DIABETES CENTER

SECTION: INFORMATION SCIENCE AND CYBERPHYSICAL SYSTEMS

SEGMENT: TWISTING LIGHT FOR OPTIMAL COMMUNICATIONS

Primary Research Source
PROFESSOR SIDDHARTH RAMACHANDRAN, Ph.D.

Movie
Vortex Fiber Optic Cable Twisting in Time
PH.D. STUDENT PATRICK GREGG

Visualization Reference
Types of Data Multiplexing
COURTESY OF NENAD BOZINOVIC, YANG YUE, YONGXIONG REN, MOSHE TUR, POUL KRISTENSEN, HAO HUANG, ALAN E. WILLNER, SIDDHARTH RAMACHANDRAN

Visualization Reference
Vortex Fiber
NENAD BOZINOVIC, PH.D.

SEGMENT: THE SMART HOUSE AND THE SMART CITY

Primary Research Source
PROFESSOR CHRISTOS CASSANDRAS, Ph.D.
PROFESSOR THOMAS LITTLE, Ph.D.
PROFESSOR YANNIS PASCHALIDIS, Ph.D.

Movie
PTC/PTC Creo: Building a Car
COURTESY OF PTC INCORPORATED

SEGMENT: ROBOTICS AND CONTROL – LEARNING FROM NATURE

Primary Research Source
PROFESSOR JOHN BAILLIEUL, Ph.D.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR MAC SCHWAGER, Ph.D.

Secondary Research Source
PH.D. CANDIDATE DINGJIANG ZHOU

Movie
PTC/PTC Creo: Building a Drone
COURTESY OF PTC INCORPORATED

Movies
Bats (various)
PROFESSOR MARGRIT BETKE, Ph.D., PI, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT 0910908
AND CO-PI, OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH GRANT N00014-10-100952
Ph.D. CANDIDATE NATHAN FULLER
DEVIN HAHN, BU TODAY
PROFESSOR EMERITUS THOMAS KUNZ
Ph.D. CANDIDATE DIANE THERIAULT
GORDON TOWNE
ZHENG WU, Ph.D.

SECTION: BIOENGINEERING

SEGMENT: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: RE-ENGINEERING LIVING SYSTEMS

Primary Research Source
PROFESSOR JAMES COLLINS, Ph.D.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AHMED KHALIL, Ph.D.

Research Paper
A Bottom-Up Approach to Gene Regulation, Nature 2006, Vol. 439, P. 857
NICHOLAS J. GUIDO1*, XIAO WANG2*, DAVID ADALSTEINSSON3, DAVID MCMILLEN5, JEFF HASTY6, CHARLES R. CANTOR1, TIMOTHY C. ELSTON4 AND J. J. COLLINS1

IDEOGRAM Visualizations
CIRCOS – information aesthetic for comparative genomics
KRZYWINSKI, M. ET AL. CIRCOS: AN INFORMATION AESTHETIC FOR COMPARATIVE GENOMICS. GENOME RES (2009) 19:1639-1645

3D Visualization
Escherichia Coli Heat Labile Enterotoxin Type Iib B-Pentamer
PROTEIN DATA BANK: AN INFORMATION PORTAL TO BIOLOGICAL MACROMOLECULAR STRUCTURES

3D Visualization
Structure of the Aequorea Victoria Green Fluorescent Protein
NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION

Schematic Graph(s)
Unregulated, repressor-only, activator-only and repressor–activator systems on high-copy plasmids
A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH TO GENE REGULATION, NATURE 2006, VOL 439, P. 857
NICHOLAS J. GUIDO1*, XIAO WANG2*, DAVID ADALSTEINSSON3, DAVID MCMILLEN5, JEFF HASTY6, CHARLES R. CANTOR1, TIMOTHY C. ELSTON4 AND J. J. COLLINS1

SEGMENT: LOW-COST POINT-OF-CARE MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS
SEGMENT: CONTINUOUS FLOW POLYMERASE CHAIN REACTION (PCR) AMPLIFICATION MICROFLUIDICS FLU CHIP

Primary Research Source
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CATHERINE KLAPPERICH, PH.D.
Ph.D. CANDIDATE JACOB TRUEB
QINGQING CAO, Ph.D.

Secondary Research Source
SAMANTHA BYRNES
DR. ANDY FAN

Visualization Reference
Global HIV Prevalence Map, 2009 (UNAIDS)
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION

Visualization
User Interface
COURTESY OF PTC INCORPORATED

WITH THANKS TO THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY|FRAUNHOFER ALLIANCE FOR MEDICAL DEVICES, INSTRUMENTATION AND DIAGNOSTICS
WITH THANKS TO JASON KELLER, Ph.D. AND ANNA LYUBETSKAYA PH.D.

SEGMENT: THE BIONIC PANCREAS: CLOSING THE LOOP

Primary Research Source
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EDWARD DAMIANO, Ph.D.
SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST FIRAS H. EL-KHATIB, Ph.D.

Photographs
Edward and David Damiano
JOSHI RADIN PHOTOGRAPHY

WITH THANKS TO ALL THE CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE BIONIC PANCREAS TRIALS WHO PERMITTED US TO USE THEIR IMAGE IN THIS PRODUCTION

SECTION: MICRO & NANOSCIENCE SYSTEMS

SEGMENT: TREATING CANCER ON A NANO SCALE

Primary Research Source
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TYRONE PORTER

SPONSORS

BOSTON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
PTC®
COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

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