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The conflux of two growing areas of technology— collaboration and visualization—into a new research direction, collaborative visualization, provides new research challenges. Technology now allows us to easily connect and collaborate with one another—in settings as diverse as over networked computers, across mobile devices, or using shared displays such as(More)
Despite typically receiving little emphasis in visualization research, interaction in visualization is the catalyst for the user's dialogue with the data, and, ultimately, the user's actual understanding and insight into these data. There are many possible reasons for this skewed balance between the visual and interactive aspects of a visualization. One(More)
Insight represents a special element of knowledge building. From the beginning of their lives, humans experience moments of insight in which a certain idea or solution becomes as clear to them as never before. Especially in the field of visual representations, insight has the potential to be at the core of comprehension and pattern recognition. Still, one(More)
Stereo cameras, laser rangers and other time-of-flight ranging devices are utilized with increasing frequency as they can provide information in the 3D plane. The ability to perform real-time registration of the 3D point clouds obtained from these sensors is important in many applications. However, the tasks of locating accurate and dependable(More)
The world of desktop interfaces has been dominated for years by the concept of windows and standardized user interface (UI) components. Still, while supporting the interaction and information exchange between the users and the computer system, graphical user interface (GUI) widgets are rather one-sided, neglecting to capture the subjective facets of the(More)
Evaluating new approaches, be it new interaction techniques, new applications or even new hardware, is an important task, which has to be done to ensure both usability and user satisfaction. The drawback of evaluating subjective parameters is that this can be relatively time consuming, and the outcome is possibly quite imprecise. Considering the recent(More)
Ensuring a constant flow of information is essential for offering quick help in different types of disasters. In the following, we report on a work-in-progress distributed, collaborative and tangible system for supporting crisis management. On one hand, field operators need devices that collect informa-tion—personal notes and sensor data—without(More)
Web browsers are our main gateways to the Internet. With their help we read articles, we learn, we listen to music, we share our thoughts and feelings, we write e-mails, or we chat. Current Web browser histories have mostly no visualization capabilities as well as limited options to filter patterns and information. Furthermore, such histories disregard the(More)
As the size and complexity of datasets increases, both visual-ization systems and their users are put under more pressure to offer quick and thorough insights about patterns hidden in this ocean of data. While novel visualization techniques are being developed to better cope with the various data contexts, users find themselves increasingly often under(More)