3D Contour Perception for Flow Visualization
One of the most challenging problems in data visualization is the perception of 3D flow fields because judging the orientation of 3D paths is perceptually difficult. It is hypothesized that perception of the orientations of streamlines in space can greatly benefit from stereoscopic depth cues and motion parallax. In addition, because stereoscopic depth perception is a super-acuity and relies on such factors as small-scale stereoscopic disparity gradient based on texture, stereoscopic depth judgments will be exceptionally sensitive to display quality. In conventional displays, the aliasing of pixels gives completely spurious texture information to the mechanisms of stereoscopic depth perception. We carried out a study to evaluate the importance of 3D cues in perceiving the orientation of curved contours. The result showed that stereo and motion cues are essential to perceiving the orientation of 3D lines. If, however, the contours are rendered as shaded tubes, good orientation information is available even without stereo or motion depth cues.
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
Journal or Conference Title
Applied perception in graphics and visualization (APGV)
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Jul 30 - Aug 3, 2006
Boston, MA, USA
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
C. Ware, "3D contour perception for flow visualization," in Proceedings of the 3rd symposium on Applied perception in graphics and visualization - APGV ’06, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2006.