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May/June 2005 (vol. 25 no. 3)
pp. 20-21
Maneesh Agrawala, Stanford University
Fr?do Durand, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
As computers become faster, smaller, ubiquitous, and interconnected, the rate at which we generate new data is growing exponentially. Sophisticated computational simulation techniques have made it fast and easy to create large volumes of data by modeling all kinds of physical phenomena. Meanwhile, digital sensors and sensor networks have simplified the process of collecting data from the real world. Moreover, the Internet has connected us to one another in a way that further facilitates creation and dissemination of information. In fact, Lyman and Varian estimate that new stored information grew at a rate of 30 percent a year from 1999 to 2002 and that we produced 5 exabytes (equivalent to about 37,000 new libraries the size of the Library of Congress) of completely new information in the year 2002 alone.

1. P. Lyman and H. Varian, How Much Information? 2003; http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/projects/ how-much-info-2003execsum.htm.
2. M. Agrawala and C. Stolte, "Rendering Effective Route Maps: Improving Usability through Generalization," Proc. Siggraph, ACM Press, 2001, pp. 241-250.

Index Terms:
visual displays, visual communication, smart depiction systems
Citation:
Maneesh Agrawala, Fr?do Durand, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Smart Depiction for Visual Communication," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 20-21, May-June 2005, doi:10.1109/MCG.2005.59
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