Motion-based shape illustration

Eric B. Lum, Aleksander Stompel, Kwan-Liu Ma

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Motion provides strong visual cues for the perception of shape and depth, as demonstrated by cognitive scientists and visual artists. We present a novel visualization technique that uses particle systems to add supplemental motion cues. Based on a set of rules following perceptual and physical principles, particles flowing over the surface of an object not only bring out, but also attract attention to essential shape information of the object that might not be readily visible with conventional rendering. Replacing still images with animations in this fashion, we show with both surface and volumetric models that the resulting visualizations effectively enhance the perception of three-dimensional shape and structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACM SIGGRAPH 2002 Conference Abstracts and Applications, SIGGRAPH 2002
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)1581135254, 9781581135251
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
EventInternational Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2002 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2002Jul 26 2002


OtherInternational Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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