Navigable videos for presenting scientific data on affordable head-mounted displays

Jacqueline Chu, Chris Bryan, Min Shih, Leonardo Ferrer, Kwan-Liu Ma

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

3 Scopus citations


Immersive, stereoscopic visualization enables scientists to better analyze structural and physical phenomena compared to traditional display mediums. Unfortunately, current head-mounted displays (HMDs) with the high rendering quality necessary for these complex datasets are prohibitively expensive, especially in educational settings where their high cost makes it impractical to buy several devices. To address this problem, we develop two tools: (1) An authoring tool allows domain scientists to generate a set of connected, 360° video paths for traversing between dimensional keyframes in the dataset. (2) A corresponding navigational interface is a video selection and playback tool that can be paired with a low-cost HMD to enable an interactive, non-linear, storytelling experience. We demonstrate the authoring tool's utility by conducting several case studies and assess the navigational interface with a usability study. Results show the potential of our approach in effectively expanding the accessibility of high-quality, immersive visualization to a wider audience using affordable HMDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th ACM Multimedia Systems Conference, MMSys 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334891
StatePublished - Jun 20 2017
Event8th ACM Multimedia Systems Conference, MMSys 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Jun 20 2017Jun 23 2017


Other8th ACM Multimedia Systems Conference, MMSys 2017
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


  • Head-mounted displays
  • Immersive visualization
  • Scientific storytelling
  • Stereoscopic visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software


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