J. Waser, R. Fuchs, H. Ribičić, B. Schindler, G. Blöschl, E. Gröller:
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics,
In this paper we present World Lines as a novel interactive visualization that provides complete control over multiple heterogeneous simulation runs. In many application areas, decisions can only be made by exploring alternative scenarios. The goal of the suggested approach is to support users in this decision making process. In this setting, the data domain is extended to a set of alternative worlds where only one outcome will actually happen. World Lines integrates simulation, visualization and computational steering into a single unified system that is capable of dealing with the extended solution space. World Lines represents simulation runs as causally connected tracks that share a common time axis. This setup enables users to interfere and add new information quickly. A World Line is introduced as a visual combination of user events and their effects in order to present a possible future. To quickly find the most attractive outcome, we suggest World Lines as the governing component in a system of multiple linked views and a simulation component. World Lines employs linking and brushing to enable comparative visual analysis of multiple simulations in linked views. Analysis results can be mapped to various visual variables that World Lines provides in order to highlight the most compelling solutions. To demonstrate this technique we present a flooding scenario and show the usefulness of the integrated approach to support informed decision making.
decision making, simulation steering, parallel worlds, CFD, smoothed particle hydrodynamics., Problem solving environment
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