Depicting time evolving flow with illustrative visualization techniques

Wei Hsien Hsu, Jianqiang Mei, Carlos D. Correa, Kwan-Liu Ma

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

13 Scopus citations


Visualization has become an indispensable tool for scientists to extract knowledge from large amounts of data and convey that knowledge to others. Visualization may be exploratory or illustrative. Exploratory visualization generally provides multiple views of the data at different levels of abstraction and should be highly interactive, whereas illustrative visualization is often made offline at high quality with sufficient knowledge about the data and features of interest. Techniques used by professional illustrators may be borrowed to enhance the clarity and aesthetics of the visualization. This paper presents a set of visualization techniques for presenting the evolution of 3D flow. While the spatial features of the data is rendered in 3D space, the temporal behaviors of the flow are depicted using image-based methods. We demonstrate visualization results generated using three data sets obtained from simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArts and Technology - First International Conference ArtsIT 2009, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event1st International Conference on Arts and Technology, ArtsIT 2009 - Yi-Lan, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Sep 24 2009Sep 25 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume30 LNICST
ISSN (Print)1867-8211


Other1st International Conference on Arts and Technology, ArtsIT 2009
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


  • Evolution drawing
  • Image processing
  • Non-photorealistic rendering
  • Time-varying data visualization
  • Volume visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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