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Spatial Input for Temporal Navigation in Scientific Visualizations
November/December 2009 (vol. 29 no. 6)
pp. 54-64
Marc Wolter, RWTH Aachen University
Irene Tedjo-Palczynski, RWTH Aachen University
Bernd Hentschel, RWTH Aachen University
Torsten Kuhlen, RWTH Aachen University
Scientific-visualization tools can make time-varying simulations easier to understand. The growing efficiency of today's high-performance computers enables simulation of physical phenomena with a high temporal resolution. Consequently, visualization systems require efficient navigation in the temporal dimension. This 3D user interface employs direct-manipulation metaphors for temporal navigation in scientific visualizations. By interacting with objects using their 3D trajectory, users can navigate in time by specifying spatial inputs. This article is part of a special issue on 3D user interfaces.

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Index Terms:
temporal navigation, scientific visualization, 3D user interface, direct manipulation, computer graphics
Marc Wolter, Irene Tedjo-Palczynski, Bernd Hentschel, Torsten Kuhlen, "Spatial Input for Temporal Navigation in Scientific Visualizations," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 54-64, Nov.-Dec. 2009, doi:10.1109/MCG.2009.125
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