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Issue No.10 - Oct. (2012 vol.18)
pp: 1614-1626
Dane Coffey , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Nicholas Malbraaten , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Trung Bao Le , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Iman Borazjani , SUNY University at Buffalo, Buffalo
Fotis Sotiropoulos , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Arthur G. Erdman , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Daniel F. Keefe , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
ABSTRACT
We present Interactive Slice World-in-Miniature (WIM), a framework for navigating and interrogating volumetric data sets using an interface enabled by a virtual reality environment made of two display surfaces: an interactive multitouch table, and a stereoscopic display wall. The framework addresses two current challenges in immersive visualization: 1) providing an appropriate overview+detail style of visualization while navigating through volume data, and 2) supporting interactive querying and data exploration, i.e., interrogating volume data. The approach extends the WIM metaphor, simultaneously displaying a large-scale detailed data visualization and an interactive miniature. Leveraging the table+wall hardware, horizontal slices are projected (like a shadow) down onto the table surface, providing a useful 2D data overview to complement the 3D views as well as a data context for interpreting 2D multitouch gestures made on the table. In addition to enabling effective navigation through complex geometries, extensions to the core Slice WIM technique support interacting with a set of multiple slices that persist on the table even as the user navigates around a scene and annotating and measuring data via points, paths, and volumes specified using interactive slices. Applications of the interface to two volume data sets are presented, and design decisions, limitations, and user feedback are discussed.
INDEX TERMS
Three dimensional displays, Data visualization, Navigation, Stereo image processing, Two dimensional displays, Solid modeling, 3D user interface., World in miniature, virtual reality, multitouch, overview+detail, volume visualization
CITATION
Dane Coffey, Nicholas Malbraaten, Trung Bao Le, Iman Borazjani, Fotis Sotiropoulos, Arthur G. Erdman, Daniel F. Keefe, "Interactive Slice WIM: Navigating and Interrogating Volume Data Sets Using a Multisurface, Multitouch VR Interface", IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, vol.18, no. 10, pp. 1614-1626, Oct. 2012, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2011.283
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