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Flow Web: a graph based user interface for 3D flow field exploration

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Flow Web: a graph based user interface for 3D flow field exploration
While there have been intensive efforts in developing better 3D flow visualization techniques, little attention has been paid to the design of better user interfaces and more effective data exploration work flow. In this paper, we propose a novel graph-based user interface called Flow Web to enable more systematic explorations of 3D flow data. The Flow Web is a node-link graph that is constructed to highlight the essential flow structures where a node represents a region in the field and a link connects two nodes if there exist particles traveling between the regions. The direction of an edge implies the flow path, and the weight of an edge indicates the number of particles traveling through the connected nodes. Hierarchical flow webs are created by splitting or merging nodes and edges to allow for easy understanding of the underlying flow structures. To draw the Flow Web, we adopt force based graph drawing algorithms to minimize edge crossings, and use a hierarchical layout to facili...
Lijie Xu, Han-Wei Shen
Added 30 Sep 2010
Updated 30 Sep 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where VDA
Authors Lijie Xu, Han-Wei Shen
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