Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) and CompBioMed H2020 Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomedicine, led by University College London, produced a short film showing the possibilities of using High Performance Computing (HPC) to delve deeper into the processes taking place within the body.
The “Virtual Humans” film was premiered at the London Science Museum on September 27th 2017 to a sell-out audience and was followed by short presentations by four of the contributors to the research, including Insigneo Executive Director Professor Marco Viceconti who spoke about the challenges of simulating the complexity of the human body (Insigneo is a core partner in CompBioMed). The audience was then invited to ask questions to the speakers in a Q&A session compered by Director of the Science Museum, Roger Highfield.
Since this highly successful event, the film has gained in exposure and popularity, being shown at various science film festivals and private viewings within conferences and invited presentations. Most notably, it was shown at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York (15th October 2017) and more recently selected for showing at the Academic Film Oloumoc in the Czech Republic in which it has been shortlisted in the shorts category. This will take place in April. They are also running an event featuring the film at the Cheltenham Science Festival (5-10 June), similar to the event at the London Science Museum. They will have a different line-up of people to present and participate in the discussion with the audience – in addition to Roger Highfield and Peter Coveney, Ana Minchole and Andrea Townsend-Nicholson will make up the panel.
The film, up until recently, was under embargo for general release on the internet, so that they could enter these festivals. Now this embargo period is over it has been released today (09 March 2018) on three different YouTube channels: CompBioMed, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre and London Science Museum.