Questions for Virtual Wounds: Computers probe healing
1. Why do live-action movies rely on computer effects for some scenes? What are some of the advantages of doing so?
2. How does your body respond to a scrape or cut? What visible changes occur, from the moment of injury through the healing process?
1. What is the “mission” of inflammatory cells?
2. What manages the process of inflammation?
3. Provide an example of a mistake that inflammatory cells might make.
4. Define “agent-based modeling.”
5. Why is agent-based modeling so helpful in studying complex environments?
6. Describe the unexpected behavior that emerged on the virtual battlefield created for the movie.
7. What jobs do neutrophils perform? And what’s the job of macrophages?
8. Explain what happens when a patient develops sepsis.
- “Agent-based modeling provides the possibility of looking at the interaction between the parts.” Discuss this statement with a partner and then brainstorm other complex systems, processes or environments where agent-based modeling could be used to understand how different parts interact.
- Imagine you wanted to use agent-based modeling to study all the ways people move into, through and out of a large city during the day. First create a list of the kinds of virtual agents that would interact inside your computer program. Next, describe some of the rules a few of these agents would have to follow. Keep in mind how, say, the driver of a car responds to a green, yellow or red traffic light.