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Transfer-Function Specification for Rendering Disparate Volumes
November/December 2008 (vol. 10 no. 6)
pp. 82-89
Fábio F. Bernardon, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Linh K. Ha, University of Utah
Steven P. Callahan, University of Utah
João L.D. Comba, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Cláudio T. Silva, University of Utah
Transfer functions play a critical role in feature detection through direct volume rendering in volumetric scalar fields. Because of the inherent difficulties of exploratory visualization, assisting the user in transfer-function specification is still an important research area. In particular, the disparate nature of simulated and measured unstructured volumetric data necessitates more flexibility in the specification process than existing tools provide. Here, the authors introduce a framework that combines elements of existing techniques and introduces new features to handle the diversity of volumetric data sets. The authors discuss a range-mapping technique for assisting in transfer-function specification for high-dynamic range data, an algorithm for combining multiple transfer functions into ensembles that allow multiple specification techniques to be used collectively, and an intuitive method for specifying transfer functions for multiple classes of time-varying data.
Index Terms:
scientific visualization, volume rendering, transfer functions
Citation:
Fábio F. Bernardon, Linh K. Ha, Steven P. Callahan, João L.D. Comba, Cláudio T. Silva, "Transfer-Function Specification for Rendering Disparate Volumes," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 82-89, Nov.-Dec. 2008, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2008.158
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