Memoirs of the Graduate Schools of Engineering and System Informatics Kobe University, No. 6, pp. 25-28, 2014

Interactive timeline for vector field visualization

Ken-ichi Yoshizaki1, Akira Kageyama1

1Department of Computational Science, Graduate School of System Informatics, Kobe University, 657-8501 Kobe, Japan

(Received January 23, 2015; Accepted March 4, 2015; Online published March 12, 2015)

Keywords: Visualization, Flow Visualization, Virtual Reality, Timeline Method, Vector Field Visualization

We propose an interactive timeline method for a three-dimensional vector field. In contrast to the usual timeline method applied to experimentally obtained flows, the proposed method is intended for application to the visualization of computer-generated vector fields by various simulations. Based on a large-scale stereoscopic display technology, one can analyze the target vector field in an environment that is immersive as well as interactive. Timelines are released from a virtual “wire” held by the viewer's hand. The wire can be moved arbitrarily. A sequence of timelines is released from the wire, and their three-dimensional dynamics are observed in the stereoscopic view.

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