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Visualization-Assisted Analysis in 3D

Zongcai Ruan
Fuhui Long
Hang Xiao
Zhi Zhou
Alessandro Bria
Yang Yu
Yinan Wan
Hanbo Chen
Christopher Brun

Vaa3D(in Chinese ‘挖三维’) is an Open Source visualization and analysis software suite created mainly by Hanchuan Peng and his team at Janelia Research Campus, HHMI and Allen Institute for Brain Science. The software performs 3D, 4D and 5D rendering and analysis of very large image data sets, especially those generated using various modern microscopy methods, and associated 3D surface objects. This software has been used in several large neuroscience initiatives and a number of applications in other domains. It has been viewed as one of the leading Open Source software suites in the related research fields. It has also been used in several other award-winning work, e.g. mapping of dragonfly neurons and large-scale visualization of cellular data.

Release Date:
January, 2010
Data type:
3D, Geospatial representation
image rendering, surface rendering, multi-dimensional data analysis, neuron tracing
Linux, Mac OSX, Windows

Project development

Institution: Janelia Research Campus, HHMI; Allen Institute for Brain Science