Monday, October 3, 2011

Reading: (Spatial Vis) Over Two Decades of Integration-Based, Geometric Flow Visualization

Once again, this volume/flow visualization paper says that it is most useful for scientific visualizations, which makes sense, but they all mention it within the first couple sentences, so it leaves me wondering about other applications. "Science," is a very broad field, though, obviously.

Nevertheless, the article seems to imply that "flow," and "computational fluid dynamics," are synonyms, which is just interesting, and something I didn't know about.

It looks like the paper breaks flow visualization into the following categories: direct, texture-based, feature-based, integration-based, and geometric flow (both particle tracing and particle seeding).

This article looks like it could be the best authority on flow visualization, since it mentions that it attempts to be comprehensive, and to compare algorithms, and that it was the first such article since 2004. Obviously this would be a good reference later on if I ever need to do any flow visualization.