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StudyDesk: interactive data analysis and scientific visualization in a semi-immersive environment
Author(s): Peter Stephenson; Pedro Branco; Joachim Tesch; L. Miquel Encarnacao; David L. Zeltzer
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Paper Abstract

We present a highly interactive large-scale visualization environment for performing the tasks of detection and classification of sonar contacts in a low signal to noise environment. The system described deals with simulated passive sonar data from an advanced towed array system, chosen for both the amount and high dimensionality typical of the data produced. Our prototype application employs a semi-immersive 3D display system, multiple and mixed modalities of interaction and feedback, and state-of-the-art volumetric visualization and abstraction techniques. Our two-stage approach seeks to use human talents, experience and intuition to leverage and direct high-performance computing resources. The first stage (search&detect) aims at providing advanced visualization and human/machine interface techniques to enable sonar operators to quickly and confidently detect contacts in low signal-to-noise dataspaces. In the second component (analyze&classify), we utilize a highly interactive volumetric representation of the tactical SensorSpace that the operator can interrogate using various visual and auditory cues. This presentation describes the application scenario, approach and implementation of the visualization environment and concludes with experiences, lessons learned, and future directions from both the interactive large-scale visualization as well as an application point of view.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5009, Visualization and Data Analysis 2003, (9 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.474030
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Peter Stephenson, Fraunhofer Ctr. for Research in Computer Graphics (United States)
Pedro Branco, ICPNM Academy (United States)
Joachim Tesch, ICPNM Academy (United States)
L. Miquel Encarnacao, ICPNM Academy (United States)
David L. Zeltzer, Fraunhofer Ctr. for Research in Computer Graphics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5009:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2003
Robert F. Erbacher; Philip C. Chen; Jonathan C. Roberts; Matti T. Groehn; Katy Boerner, Editor(s)

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