The multimod application framework: A rapid application development tool for computer aided medicine

Marco Viceconti, Cinzia Zannoni, Debora Testi, Marco Petrone, Stefano Perticoni, Paolo Quadrani, Fulvia Taddei, Silvano Imboden, Gordon Clapworthy

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This paper describes a new application framework (OpenMAF) for rapid development of multimodal applications in computer-aided medicine. MAF applications are multimodal in data, in representation, and in interaction. The framework supports almost any type of biomedical data, including DICOM datasets, motion-capture recordings, or data from computer simulations (e.g. finite element modeling). The interactive visualization approach (multimodal display) helps the user interpret complex datasets, providing multiple representations of the same data. In addition, the framework allows multimodal interaction by supporting the simultaneous use of different input-output devices like 3D trackers, stereoscopic displays, haptics hardware and speech recognition/synthesis systems. The Framework has been designed to run smoothly even on limited power computers, but it can take advantage of all hardware capabilities. The Framework is based on a collection of portable libraries and it can be compiled on any platform that supports OpenGL, including Windows, MacOS X and any flavor of Unix/linux.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-151
Number of pages14
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • Application framework
  • Computer-aided medicine
  • Data fusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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