Intelligent feature extraction and tracking for visualizing large-scale 4D flow simulations

Fan Yin Tzeng, Kwan Liu Ma

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43 Scopus citations


Terascale simulations produce data that is vast in spatial, temporal, and variable domains, creating a formidable challenge for subsequent analysis. Feature extraction as a data reduction method offers a viable solution to this large data problem. This paper presents a new approach to the problem of extracting and visualizing 4D features within large volume data. Conventional methods requires either an analytical description of the feature of interest or tedious manual intervention throughout the feature extraction and tracking process. We show that it is possible for a visualization system to “learn” to extract and track features in complex 4D flow field according to their “visual” properties, location, shape, and size. The basic approach is to employ machine learning in the process of visualization. Such an intelligent system approach is powerful because it allows us to extract and track an feature of interest in a high-dimensional space without explicitly specifying the relations between those dimensions, resulting in a greatly simplified and intuitive visualization interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM/IEEE SC 2005 Conference, SC 2005
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)1595930612
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing, SC 2005 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2005Nov 18 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Supercomputing


Conference2005 ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing, SC 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Artificial neural networks
  • Feature extraction
  • Feature tracking
  • Flow visualization
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Machine learning
  • Time-varying volume data
  • User interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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