The BALL projekt team received the "Art & Science" Award at ECCB/ISMB 2011
At the 19th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) and the 10th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB) the BALL team of Saarland University received the "Art and Science Award" for their artwork "Reflections on Protein Structures".
Ray tracing techniques allow unique insight into molecular structures - but they also allow to combine science and art. The image shows a human A2A adenosine receptor - a member of the famous class of G-protein coupled receptors. It was created using BALLView integrated with the real time ray tracing library RTfact. If you look closely, you can see the reflections inside the reflections inside the reflections.
The following people were directly or indirectly involved in creating this image: Anna Katharina Dehof, Daniel Stöckel, Stefan Nickels, Sabine Müller, Iliyan Georgiev, Lukas Marsalek, Philipp Slusallek, Oliver Kohlbacher, Hans-Peter Lenhof und Andreas Hildebrandt.
The Art & Science Exhibition 2011 presents the artworks that have been generated as part of research projects. They are also soliciting images resulting from creative efforts that involve scientific concepts or employ scientific tools and methods.