Ars Electronica Garden Aotearoa

Tumor Evolution in Extended Reality (XR)

Network! (NZ), arc/sec Lab (NZ), Centre for eResearch (NZ)

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a collaborative XR tool to examine tumor evolution

Our exhibition is a digital, social and spatial environment that immerses users from a range of backgrounds (clinical, biological, and technical) deeply in the data. The prototype extended reality (XR) application facilitates generation and exploration of different hypotheses of how cancer evolves, by combining detailed genomic, pathological, spatial and temporal data from a single patient with cancer. The special presentation will include a collaborative HoloLens 2 demonstration from key members of the project team. We will discuss aspects of model development, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and bio-medical insights.

The NETwork! Programme ( is a NZ-wide alliance of cancer clinicians and scientists who are working together to manage and study neuroendocrine cancers (NETs). NETs range from very slow to very fast-growing cancers that can occur in most areas of the body. The best treatment for each NET cancer is difficult to choose, because each NET can be so different from another. NETwork! combines clinical practice and scientific expertise to improve outcomes for people with NET cancer. The arc/sec Lab for Cyber-Physical Design and Interactive Systems is based at the University of Auckland. The Lab explores real time Reactive Architecture through the fusion of digital information and physical constructions. The arc/sec team works in different constellations and across diverse disciplines. Large-scale prototypes and installations at the Lab are the starting point for both the development of practice-oriented applications and a speculation on the future of our built environment. The Centre for eResearch pioneers the development of highly specialized infrastructure and services on behalf of the University of Auckland’s research communities. We work hand-in-hand with researchers to help them leverage computational advances in pursuit of their own research questions. To this end, we aim to provide sophisticated computing environments, advanced storage solutions for managing large research data collections, and a variety of productivity and community support software tools.