BioViz: An Interactive Visualization Engine for Microfluidic Biochips
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Workshop on Design Automation for Understanding Hardware Designs (DUHDE)
In order to shorten the required time for the analysis of medical substances, digital microfluidic biochips (DMFBs) have been suggested. Issues such as routing and layouting are complex and currently being investigated. Although first automatic solutions assist the designers, the results are usually provided in a complex and non-intuitive fashion. Creating solutions requires testing of different setups, comparing the results and debugging of algorithms. Solutions, while being technically correct, often include negative aspects such as e.g. unnecessary cell usage. These aspects are difficult to spot without being able to visually inspect the design. Still, while designers would benefit from visualization tools, no dedicated tools have been built yet. We present BioViz, an interactive visualization tool for DMFBs that explicitly addresses these problems.