What it is

LOVAMAP stands for LOcal Void Analysis using Medial Axis by Particle configuration, and it’s a custom piece of software we’ve developed to analyze important geometrical features of our MAP material – or any granular material for that matter!

We quickly learned that cells like to hang out inside of MAP scaffolds while they re-build tissue, and that got us thinking – if cells are spending time in the void space between the microparticles, then we should study this space to figure out the best design for promoting tissue repair. But studying the void space among packed particles is a complicated business, and we couldn’t help ourselves – we developed LOVAMAP to go above and beyond when it comes to MAP characterization.

Who helps us

We’ve partnered with Ninjabyte Computing to generate simulated MAP scaffolds that are so realistic, we do a double-take.

You know what’s easier than spending hours in lab fabricating hydrogel microparticles? Pressing a button to simulate hydrogel microparticles. Ninjabyte Computing is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to bring our wildest MAP scaffold fantasies to life. By running LOVAMAP on simulated MAP scaffolds, we can learn more faster. This is why Ninjabyte Computing deserves its very own page here.

How it works

Void Space Analysis

Read in formatted data

Void Space Analysis Landmarks First Image

Extract spatial landmarks

Void Space Analysis Landmarks Second Image

Segment void space

Void Space Analysis Landmarks Third Image

Return descriptor data

Void Space Analysis Landmarks Fourth Image

Generate images & GIFs

What it offers

LOVAMAP outputs 3 types of descriptors that characterize MAP scaffolds:

Void Space Analysis - Global


Void Space Analysis - Subs


Void Space Analysis - ridges


Get the data

We’ve generated a massive amount of descriptor data using LOVAMAP – like a lot. So to help the community understand and use our discoveries, we’re working on a new and interactive data page! Registered users will be able to access the data for free because sharing is caring.

In the meantime, feel free to register to browse the LOVAMAP data from our Nature Computational Science publication.