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Snap2Diverse: coordinating information visualizations and virtual environments
Author(s): Nicholas F. Polys; Chris North; Doug A. Bowman; Andrew Ray; Maxim Moldenhauer; Chetan Dandekar
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Paper Abstract

The field of Information Visualization is concerned with improving how users perceive, understand, and interact with visual representations of abstract information. Immersive Virtual Environments (VEs) excel at a greater comprehension of spatial information. This project addresses the intersection of these two fields known as Information-Rich Virtual Environments (IRVEs) where perceptually realistic information, such as models and scenes, are enhanced with abstract information, such as text, numeric data, hyperlinks, or multimedia resources. IRVEs present a number of important design challenges including the management, coordination, and display of interrelated perceptual and abstract information. We describe a set of design issues for this type of integrated visualization and demonstrate a coordinated, multiple-views approach to support 2D and 3D visualization interactions such as overview, navigation, details-on-demand, and brushing-and-linking. In the CAVE, spatial information in a VE is interactively linked to embedded visualizations of related abstract information. Software architecture issues are discussed with details of our implementation applied to the domain of chemical information visualization. Lastly, we subject our system to an informal usability evaluation and identify usability issues with interaction and navigation that guides future work in these environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5295, Visualization and Data Analysis 2004, (4 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.539236
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas F. Polys, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Chris North, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Doug A. Bowman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Andrew Ray, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Maxim Moldenhauer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Chetan Dandekar, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5295:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2004
Robert F. Erbacher; Philip C. Chen; Jonathan C. Roberts; Matti T. Gröhn; Katy Börner, Editor(s)

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