Hybrid-Dimensional Visualization and Interaction - Integrating 2D and 3D Visualization with Semi-Immersive Navigation Techniques

Björn Sommer, Stephen Jia Wang, Lifeng Xu, Ming Chen, Falk Schreiber

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The integration of 2D visualization and navigation techniques has reached a state where the potential for improvements is relatively low. With 3D-stereoscopy-compatible technology now commonplace not only in research but also in many households, the need for better 3D visualization and navigation techniques has increased. Nevertheless, for the representation of many abstract data such as networks, 2D visualization remains the primary choice. But often such abstract data is associated with spatial data, thereby increasing the need for combining both 2D and 3D visualization and navigation techniques. Here, we discuss a new hybrid-dimensional approach integrating 2D and 3D (stereoscopic) visualization as well as navigation into a semi-immersive virtual environment. This approach is compared to classical 6DOF navigation techniques. Three scientific as well as educational applications are presented: an educational car model, a plant simulation data exploration, and a cellular model with network exploration, each of these combining spatial with associated abstract data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 Big Data Visual Analytics, BDVA 2015
EditorsUlrich Engelke, Tomasz Bednarz, Julian Heinrich, Karsten Klein, Quang Vinh Nguyen
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467373432
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventBig Data Visual Analytics, BDVA 2015 - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 22 Sep 201525 Sep 2015

Publication series

Name2015 Big Data Visual Analytics, BDVA 2015


ConferenceBig Data Visual Analytics, BDVA 2015


  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Cells
  • Biological System Modeling
  • Data Visualization
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Stereo Vision
  • Systems Biology
  • Visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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