Storytelling via navigation: A novel approach to animation for scientific visualization

Isaac Liao, Wei Hsien Hsu, Kwan-Liu Ma

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

8 Scopus citations


In scientific visualization, volume rendering is commonly used to show three-dimensional, time-varying data sets. To understand the spatial structure of volume data sets and how they change over time, animation is often necessary. Most current visualization tools use conventional keyframe-based interfaces to create animations, which can be tedious and time-consuming. We present a new, semi-automatic approach to creating animations of volume data based on a user's interaction history as they navigate through a data set and adjust rendering parameters. Through a user study, we show that this new method requires significantly less time and perceived effort on the part of users compared to keyframe-based approaches, while still generating animations of comparable quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSmart Graphics - 12th International Symposium, SG 2014, Proceedings
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319116495
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event12th International Symposium on Smart Graphics, SG 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Aug 27 2014Aug 29 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8698 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other12th International Symposium on Smart Graphics, SG 2014
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


  • animation
  • Scientific visualization
  • volume visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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