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Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific (2012)
Songdo, Korea (South)
Feb. 28, 2012 to Mar. 2, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4673-0863-2
pp: 137-144
Jin Huang , State Key Lab of CAD&CG, Zhejiang University, China
Wenjie Pei , State Key Lab of CAD&CG, Zhejiang University, China
Chunfeng Wen , State Key Lab of CAD&CG, Zhejiang University, China
Guoning Chen , The University of Utah, USA
Wei Chen , State Key Lab of CAD&CG, Zhejiang University, China
Hujun Bao , State Key Lab of CAD&CG, Zhejiang University, China
Image-space line integral convolution (LIC) is a popular approach for visualizing surface vector fields due to its simplicity and high efficiency. To avoid inconsistencies or color blur during the user interactions in the image-space approach, some methods use surface parameterization or 3D volume texture for the effect of smooth transition, which often require expensive computational or memory cost. Furthermore, those methods cannot achieve consistent LIC results in both granularity and color distribution on different scales. This paper introduces a novel image-space LIC for surface flows that preserves the texture coherence during user interactions. To make the noise textures under different viewpoints coherent, we propose a simple texture mapping technique that is local, robust and effective. Meanwhile, our approach pre-computes a sequence of mipmap noise textures in a coarse-to-fine manner, leading to consistent transition when the model is zoomed. Prior to perform LIC in the image space, the mipmap noise textures are mapped onto each triangle with randomly assigned texture coordinates. Then, a standard image-space LIC based on the projected vector fields is performed to generate the flow texture. The proposed approach is simple and very suitable for GPU acceleration. Our implementation demonstrates consistent and highly efficient LIC visualization on a variety of datasets.

C. Wen, H. Bao, J. Huang, W. Chen, W. Pei and G. Chen, "Output-coherent image-space LIC for surface flow visualization," Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific(PACIFICVIS), Songdo, Korea (South), 2012, pp. 137-144.
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