Collaborative Exploration of 3D Scientific Data

Thierry Duval 1 Cédric Fleury 1 Bernard Nouailhas 2 Laurent Aguerreche 1
1 BUNRAKU - Perception, decision and action of real and virtual humans in virtual environments and impact on real environments
IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, ENS Cachan - École normale supérieure - Cachan, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
Abstract : This demonstration introduces new ways for exploring Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVE) that contain 3D scientific data sets obtained by simulation. In order to make decisions accordingly to their collective knowledge and understanding of the simulation, the users must collaborate and share experiences and comments. We provide tools to enable a good coordination between the users, and to make each user aware of the activity of others. Each user can navigate within the CVE: change her own position, orientation and scale. Each user can also add annotations within the virtual universe. We propose several 3D layouts for the presentation of the data, associated with different 3D navigation tools. Consequently, the user can explore the data accoording to various parameters such as time or temperature. Last we propose a new 3D interaction tool, called 2D Cursor / 3D Pointer, dedicated to selection and manipulation of 3D objects, and application control. This 2D cursor is associated with a 3D geometry in order to make people aware of the activity of the users who are using this tool.
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Thierry Duval, Cédric Fleury, Bernard Nouailhas, Laurent Aguerreche. Collaborative Exploration of 3D Scientific Data. VRST 2008, ACM - ACM SIGGRAPH - SIGCHI, Oct 2008, Bordeaux, France. pp.303-304, ⟨10.1145/1450579.1450664⟩. ⟨inria-00433853⟩

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