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Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation


Source data from a tagged elephant seal.

Said Jessica Kendall-Bar of the University of California Santa Cruz, "By animating a three-dimensional model with data, we can simultaneously display several different data streams. This makes it easier and faster to recognize important patterns in the da

Credit: Jessica Kendall-Bar

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) researchers have created tools and procedures for generating realistic, data-driven animations of marine mammals.

UCSC's Jessica Kendall-Bar said, "By animating a three-dimensional model with data, we can simultaneously display several different data streams. This makes it easier and faster to recognize important patterns in the data."

Kendall-Bar has developed animations to help scientists explore various behaviors in humpback whales, elephant seals, and narwhals.

UCSC's Roxanne Beltran said, "[Kendall-Bar's] artistic skills helped us see our dataset from an entirely new perspective. In the era of big data, we need more crossover between art and science. The art can inform the science, and the science can inform the art."

From UC Santa Cruz Newscenter
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