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Computational Visualization

Graphics, Abstraction and Interactivity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 3-17
    3. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 45-62
  3. Controlling Detail

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-64
    2. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 91-103
    3. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 105-119
    4. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 121-136
  4. Adaptive Zooming and Distorting Graphics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-138
    2. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 139-150
    3. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 151-160
    4. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 161-174
  5. Textual Methods of Abstraction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-176
    2. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 177-195
    3. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 197-214
    4. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 215-240
  6. Abstraction in Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 243-257

About this book


A unified and coherent introduction to the notion of abstraction in interactive computer graphics is provided by this book. Abstraction entails refinement of images based on geometric models so as to reflect the importance of the features of the model for the dialog context and the visualization goal. This may require leaving out irrelevant details or accentuating significant features by adding details or enlarging or deforming parts. Such modifications are routine by hand but are at the leading edge of research in 2D and 3D computer graphics. The authors see the abstraction process as an interactive exploration of complex information spaces, and report especially on zooming and rendering techniques. Benefits are discussed for applications in medical illustration and technical documentation.


3D Animation Navigation computer computer graphics control controlling graphical abstraction holography interactive system rendering simulation time user interface visualization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Computer ScienceOtto-von-Guericke University of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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