Faculty Advisor

Ryder, Elizabeth F.

Faculty Advisor

Ward, Matthew O.

Abstract

This project simulates the development of the microscopic worm, C. elegans, up to the twenty- six cell stage. Advanced concepts in computer graphics, including metaballs, ray tracing, and the Marching Cubes algorithm, were explored in order to depict the irregular shapes found in nature. The forces that dictate cell motion in response to collisions were represented mathematically and included in the model. Finally, the results were compared to empirical data to show that early cell divisions appear to accurately simulate the appearance of biological embryos.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2014

Major

Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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