Tumour Evolution in Extended Reality (XR)

A collaborative XR tool to examine tumour evolution


Medical and Health Sciences/Network!:

Ben Lawrence

Tamsin Robb

Braden Woodhouse

Daniel Hurley


School of Architecture and Planning/arc/sec Lab:

Michael Davis

Uwe Rieger

Yinan Liu


Centre for e-Research:

Rose McColl

Sina Masoud-Ansari


Auckland City Hospital:

Jane Reeve


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. This project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, the Centre for eResearch and the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. It represents a world first to bring together multimodal cancer patient data in an interactive extended reality setting, allowing multiple users to interact with the digital 3D model simultaneously. It recognises the value of collaboration in science, putting interaction at the centre of finding solutions to complex problems, in a world moving increasingly towards computational interpretations and solutions.

Artist Biography:

The NETwork! Programme (www.network.ac.nz) 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 high quality research infrastructure and services on behalf of the University of Auckland. It has grown to support strategic core services in addition to connecting university-wide researchers to national high performance computing platform .

Project Credits:

The patient, and her supportive whānau, who made this research possible through her generous donation.

Cristin Print (FMHS)

Kate Parker (FMHS)

Cherie Blenkiron (FMHS)

Peter Tsai (FMHS)

Alexei Drummond (Faculty of Science)

Alex Gavryushkin (University of Otago)

Yvette Wharton (CeR)

Jenny Lee Roper (CeR)

Bianca Haux (CeR)

Nick Young (CeR)

Denice Belsten (School of Architecture and Planning)

Jack Guo (School of Architecture and Planning)