Efficiently Navigating Data Sets Using the Hierarchy Browser

Andrea Bönsch, Sebastian Pick, Bernd Hentschel, Torsten Wolfgang Kuhlen
Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität, 8. Workshop der GI-Fachgruppe VR/AR (2011)

A major challenge in Virtual Reality is to enable users to efficiently explore virtual environments, regardless of prior knowledge. This is particularly true for complex virtual scenes containing a huge amount of potential areas of interest. Providing the user convenient access to these areas is of prime importance, just like supporting her to orient herself in the virtual scene. There exist techniques for either aspect, but combining these techniques into one holistic system is not trivial. To address this issue, we present the Hierarchy Browser. It supports the user in creating a mental image of the scene. This is done by offering a well-arranged, hierarchical visual representation of the scene structure as well as interaction techniques to browse it. Additional interaction allows to trigger a scene manipulation, e.g. an automated travel to a desired area of interest. We evaluate the Hierarchy Browser by means of an expert walkthrough.

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Title = {{E}fficiently {N}avigating {D}ata {S}ets {U}sing the {H}ierarchy {B}rowser},
Author = {Andrea B\"{o}nsch and Sebastian Pick and Bernd Hentschel and Torsten Kuhlen},
Journal = {{V}irtuelle und {E}rweiterte {R}ealit\"at, 8. {W}orkshop der {GI}-{F}achgruppe {VR}/{AR}},
Year = {2011},
Pages = {37-48},
ISSN = {978-3-8440-0394-9}
Publisher = {Shaker Verlag}

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