[vtk-developers] Google Summer of Code

Marcus D. Hanwell marcus.hanwell at kitware.com
Mon Mar 17 08:07:14 EDT 2014

Hi Soumitra,

Apologies for the delay in replying, I was traveling and sick (never a
good combination) and missed this email. I will be trying to get
caught up on things today, and will take a better look at what you
have sent. I am back in the office later today, and will be going
through the mailing lists and catching up on any direct emails too.

In general I would like to note that the ideas should be a starting
point, but you are encouraged to work with us to define a project with
us that best fits your skills. We have worked to outline several areas
we would be interested in seeing projects, and it would be great to
ensure you look at the existing work (previous GSoC project in
chemistry, existing functionality).



On Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM, Soumitra Saxena
<soumitrasaxena1993 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello !
> My name is Soumitra Saxena. I'm in my pre-final year , studying Electronics
> and Electrical Engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science
> , Pilani , India.
> I've been a student of Computer Graphics (particularly the implementation
> part - OpenGL/C++) for 2 semesters now. Biomedical/Biochemical visualization
> is one application of computer graphics that I was particularly drawn
> towards.
> I've even tried my hand on some visualization myself (DNA , the first thing
> that comes to mind) in OpenGL/C++ . Here's the link to the summary , if i
> may -
> https://medium.com/code-is-biology/dea574c3be54
> I would like to participate in GSoC 2014, and contribute to the Biochemistry
> Visualization project.
> VTK is what I believe , a solid visualization tool with immense
> possibilities. GPU accelerated volume rendering , to be precise , can be
> taken advantage of in detailed visualization of the electronic structure ,
> and even improve upon any previous visualizations related to the same.
> Now I have a few questions related to the same -
> 1. How do I present my idea ? The idea page has broad classifications , do
> you require something specific in each classification ? Or do we develop an
> idea encompassing all the points mentioned under a heading ?
> 2. Also , to what extent will any knowledge in Biology/BioChemistry help ?
> Do we need a solid background , or the Bio 101 course we did in our first
> semester suffice ?
> 3. Is the project , particularly Biochemistry Visualization , more focussed
> on implementation of visualizations using VTK , or improving certain
> algorithms in VTK itself for better visualizations ?
> Thanks a lot for reading !
> Soumitra Saxena,
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