Scientific Visualization Research

The fetus in this picture was modeled using ultrasound and displayed in a video see-through head mounted display.

oScientific Visualization Overview


oIsosurface Algorithm
oVector Field Visualization Algorithms
oImage-Guided Streamline Placement
oUltrasound Image Data Use
oMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
oGeometric Model Extraction from MRI Data

Scientific Visualization Overview

The Center's wide-ranging accomplishments in scientific visualization have had significant impact on the fields of science, medicine, and engineering. Our strategy is twofold: we conduct fundamental research in the field of scientific visualization and we apply the Center's skills in its four core research areas to scientific visualization projects.

The Center has increased its profile in this field by delivering invited talks and publishing papers in scientific visualization journals and conferences, such as the new IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics and the annual IEEE Visualization conference, as well as in domain-specific conferences involving computational fluid dynamics, imaging, and bioengineering. The Center was one of the main exhibitors at the IEEE Visualization '96 Conference last year.

In addition, we maintain a number of software packages online to aid other researchers in this field. These include the SCIRun Computational Steering Software System, which will soon be available to academic institutions (and for commercial purchase) with the book of the same name forthcoming in 1997 from Birkhauser Press [PARK97b].

The Center is involved in a diverse set of scientific visualization projects that substantially further integrative relationships with other scientific institutions and serve to transfer Center research knowledge directly to practical application. Ongoing or newly formed Center collaborative relationships in scientific visualization include work with NASA (two separate projects), the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Human Brain Project (and others) at the Caltech Biological Imaging Center, the Collaboratory for Microscopic Digital Anatomy, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and the Nanomanipulator project at the departments of Computer Science and Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, the Center has an inter-site collaboration project, funded through the Director's Pool, to study wavelet methods for ECG/EEG visualization and computational modeling. Through these relationships, the Center has made significant scientific visualization accomplishments in the areas of user interfaces, scalar and vector field visualization, volume rendering, and image analysis.

Scientific Visualization Bibliography

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