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Globe Browsing: Contextualized Spatio-Temporal Planetary Surface Visualization
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Media and Information Technology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Media and Information Technology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
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2018 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, ISSN 1077-2626, E-ISSN 1941-0506, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 802-811Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Results of planetary mapping are often shared openly for use in scientific research and mission planning. In its raw format, however, the data is not accessible to non-experts due to the difficulty in grasping the context and the intricate acquisition process. We present work on tailoring and integration of multiple data processing and visualization methods to interactively contextualize geospatial surface data of celestial bodies for use in science communication. As our approach handles dynamic data sources, streamed from online repositories, we are significantly shortening the time between discovery and dissemination of data and results. We describe the image acquisition pipeline, the pre-processing steps to derive a 2.5D terrain, and a chunked level-of-detail, out-of-core rendering approach to enable interactive exploration of global maps and high-resolution digital terrain models. The results are demonstrated for three different celestial bodies. The first case addresses high-resolution map data on the surface of Mars. A second case is showing dynamic processes. such as concurrent weather conditions on Earth that require temporal datasets. As a final example we use data from the New Horizons spacecraft which acquired images during a single flyby of Pluto. We visualize the acquisition process as well as the resulting surface data. Our work has been implemented in the OpenSpace software [8], which enables interactive presentations in a range of environments such as immersive dome theaters. interactive touch tables. and virtual reality headsets.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018. Vol. 24, no 1, p. 802-811
Keywords [en]
Astronomical visualization; globe rendering; public dissemination. science communication; space mission visualization
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Other Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144142DOI: 10.1109/TVCG.2017.2743958ISI: 000418038400079PubMedID: 28866505Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85028711409OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-144142DiVA, id: diva2:1172454
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IEEE VIS Conference
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Funding Agencies|Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation; Swedish e-Science Research Center (SeRC); ELLIIT; Vetenskapsradet [VR-2015-05462]; NASA [NNX16AB93A]; Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment at New York University; NSF [CNS-1229185, CCF-1533564, CNS-1544753, CNS-1730396]

Available from: 2018-01-10 Created: 2018-01-10 Last updated: 2018-05-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Tailoring visualization applications for tasks and users
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Exponential increases in available computational resources over the recent decades have fueled an information explosion in almost every scientific field. This has led to a societal change shifting from an information-poor research environment to an over-abundance of information. As many of these cases involve too much information to directly comprehend, visualization proves to be an effective tool to gain insight into these large datasets. While visualization has been used since the beginning of mankind, its importance is only increasing as the exponential information growth widens the difference between the amount of gathered data and the relatively constant human ability to ingest information. Visualization, as a methodology and tool of transforming complex data into an intuitive visual representation can leverage the combined computational resources and the human cognitive capabilities in order to mitigate this growing discrepancy.

A large portion of visualization research is, directly or indirectly, targets users in an application domain, such as medicine, biology, physics, or others. Applied research is aimed at the creation of visualization applications or systems that solve a specific problem within the domain. Combining prior research and applying it to a concrete problem enables the possibility to compare and determine the usability and usefulness of existing visualization techniques. These applications can only be effective when the domain experts are closely involved in the design process, leading to an iterative workflow that informs its form and function. These visualization solutions can be separated into three categories: Exploration, in which users perform an initial study of data, Analysis, in which an established technique is repeatedly applied to a large number of datasets, and Communication in which findings are published to a wider public audience.

This thesis presents five examples of application development in finite element modeling, medicine, urban search & rescue, and astronomy and astrophysics. For the finite element modeling, an exploration tool for simulations of stress tensors in a human heart uses a compression method to achieve interactive frame rates. In the medical domain, an analysis system aimed at guiding surgeons during Deep Brain Stimulation interventions fuses multiple modalities in order to improve their outcome. A second analysis application is targeted at the Urban Search & Rescue community supporting the extraction of injured victims and enabling a more sophisticated decision making strategy. For the astronomical domain, first, an exploration application enables the analysis of time-varying volumetric plasma simulations to improving these simulations and thus better predict space weather. A final system focusses on combining all three categories into a single application that enables the same tools to be used for Exploration, Analysis, and Communication, thus requiring the handling of large coordinate systems, and high-fidelity rendering of planetary surfaces and spacecraft operations.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2018. p. 87
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1940
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Other Computer and Information Science
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147975 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-147975 (DOI)9789176852910 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-06-15, Domteatern, Visualiseringscenter C, Kungsgatan 54, Campus Norrköping, Norrköping, 08:00 (English)
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