A Case Study in Multi-Sensory Investigation of Geoscientific Data

  • Chris Harding
  • Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
  • John F. Casey
  • R. Bowen Loftin
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In this paper, we report our ongoing research into multi-sensory investigation of geoscientific data. Our Geoscientific Data Investigation System (GDIS) integrates three-dimensional, interactive computer graphics, touch (haptics) and real-time sonification into a multi-sensory Virtual Environment. GDIS has been used to investigate geological structures on the high-resolution bathymetry data from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Haptic force feedback was used to precisely digitize line features on threedimensional morphology and to feel surface properties via varying friction settings; additional, overlapping data can be perceived via sound (sonification). We also report on the results of a psycho-acoustic study about the absolute recognition of sound signals, and on the actual feedback that we have received from a number of geoscientists during a recent major geoscience conference.


Virtual Environment Audio Signal Force Feedback Seismic Attribute Recognition Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Harding
    • 1
    • 3
  • Ioannis A. Kakadiaris
    • 1
    • 2
  • John F. Casey
    • 1
    • 3
  • R. Bowen Loftin
    • 4
  1. 1.Virtual Environments Research InstituteUniv. of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of HoustonUSA
  4. 4.VMASCOld Dominion UniversitySuffolkUSA

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