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Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific (2014)
Yokohama, Japan Japan
Mar. 4, 2014 to Mar. 7, 2014
pp: 25-32
Jun Ma , Michigan Technol. Univ., Houghton, MI, USA
James Walker , Michigan Technol. Univ., Houghton, MI, USA
Chaoli Wang , Michigan Technol. Univ., Houghton, MI, USA
Scott Kuhl , Michigan Technol. Univ., Houghton, MI, USA
Ching Kuang Shene , Michigan Technol. Univ., Houghton, MI, USA
We present FlowTour, a novel framework that provides an automatic guide for exploring internal flow features. Our algorithm first identifies critical regions and extracts their skeletons for feature characterization and streamline placement. We then create candidate viewpoints based on the construction of a simplified mesh enclosing each critical region and select best viewpoints based on a viewpoint quality measure. Finally, we design a tour that traverses all selected viewpoints in a smooth and efficient manner for visual navigation and exploration of the flow field. Unlike most existing works which only consider external viewpoints, a unique contribution of our work is that we also incorporate internal viewpoints to enable a clear observation of what lies inside of the flow field. Our algorithm is thus particularly useful for exploring hidden or occluded flow features in a large and complex flow field. We demonstrate our algorithm with several flow data sets and perform a user study to confirm the effectiveness of our approach.
Skeleton, Entropy, Splines (mathematics), Isosurfaces, Streaming media, Graphics processing units, Vectors

Jun Ma, J. Walker, Chaoli Wang, S. Kuhl and Ching Kuang Shene, "FlowTour: An Automatic Guide for Exploring Internal Flow Features," 2014 IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium (PacificVis)(PACIFICVIS), Yokohama, Japan, 2014, pp. 25-32.
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