Frontiers in Scientific Visualization: Advances and Challenges

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Numerical simulations of global warming, Mars observation data, and aircraft design are but a few of the topics where the use of human visual perception for data understanding are considered essential. Ten years agoa handful of pioneers professed the value of visualization to skeptical audiences. Today, with supercomputers and sensors producing ever-increasing amounts of data, scientific visualization is accepted throughout much of science and engineering as the fundamental tool for data analysis.
Written by a world-wide panel of visualization experts, Scientific Visualization: Advances and Challenges presents astute coverage of prevailing trends, issues, and practice of scientific visualization. From algorithmic topics such as volume graphics and the modeling and visualization of large data sets, to foundations, perception, and interface technology (including virtual reality), this book provides the latest advances in the area. The book demonstrates new techniques, examines diverse application areas, and discusses current limitations and upcoming requirements.
Scientific Visualization:Advances and Challenges $> presents readers with a unique opportunity to examine expert thinking and current practice, and to obtain a vision of potential future directions. It will be essential reading for scientific and engineering practitioners and visualization researchers alike.

Offers extremely topical and timely coverage of a rapidly evolving area
Includes contributions from an international panel of visualization experts in one accessible volume
Provides scientific and engineering practitioners as well as visualization researchers with an essential guide to the literature

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Rae Earnshaw is Head of the Electronic Imaging and Media Communications unit at the University of Bradford, with interests in graphics algorithms, scientific visualization, graphics standards, workstations and display technology, multimedia, CAD/CAM, graphics systems building, education issues and human-computer interface issues. He has been a Visiting Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, NorthwesternPolytechnical University, China, and George Washington University, Washington DC. He was a Director of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Theoretical Foundations of Computer Graphics and CAD held in Italy in 1987. He is a member of the ACM, IEEE, CGS,EG, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. Earnshaw has authored and edited 18 books on graphics algorithms, computer graphics, visualization, and associated topics, and published a number of papers in these areas. Professor Earnshaw is a member ofthe Editorial Board of The Visual Computer, Vice-President of the Computer Graphics Society, and Chair of the British Computer Society Computer Graphics and Displays Group.

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Larry Rosenblum and many of his collaborators in the collection Scientific Visualization: Advances and Challenges were critical participants in the subsequent movement to define the field and to help it evolve from a hodge-podge of heuristics toward its deeper conceptual roots. The nominal goal of this book is to provide a broad picture of the current state of the art--a checkpoint on what has happened since 1987--to scientists with a vested interest in visualization methods. In this it largely succeeds....Scientific Visualization: Advances and Challenges provides a look at the global issues that are significant for visualization science, as well as getting down to detailed examples in several areas.
--IEEE COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

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