Autoencoding Ground Motion Data for Visualisation

  • Nikolaos Gianniotis
  • Carsten Riggelsen
  • Nicolas Kühn
  • Frank Scherbaum
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7553)


We present a new visualisation method for physical data based on the autoencoder that allows a transparent interpretation of the induced visualisation. The autoencoder is a neural network that compresses high-dimensional data into low-dimensional representations. It defines a fan-in fan-out architecture, with the middle layer composed of a small number of neurons referred to as the ‘bottleneck’. When data are propagated through the network, the bottleneck forces the autoencoder to reduce the dimensionality of the data. Physical data are manifestations of physical models that express domain knowledge. Such knowledge should be reflected in the visualisation in order to help the analyst understand why the data are projected to their particular locations. In this work we endow the standard autoencoder with this capability by extending it with extra layers. We apply our approach on a dataset of ground motions and discuss how the visualisation reflects physical aspects.


Topographic Mapping Autoencoder Ground Motion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolaos Gianniotis
    • 1
  • Carsten Riggelsen
    • 1
  • Nicolas Kühn
    • 1
  • Frank Scherbaum
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Earth and Environmental ScienceUniversity of PotsdamPotsdam-GolmGermany

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