Jarek Rossignac's lectures in Geometric and Visual Computing offered in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech

Scientific Visualization (CS4550)

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Objective and motivation for the course : This course is designed to teach the mathematical foundations, the algorithmic paradigms, and the hardware capabilities for processing and visualizing scientific datasets primarily acquired or computed as scalar samples in 2 and 3 dimensional spaces. Through hand-on projects, the course provides students with ample opportunities for teamwork, research, and creativity.

What students will learn:
  • How to visualize a scalar field and the differences between two scalar fields
  • The characteristics of human perception and how to take them into account when selecting visualization parameters
  • A variety of shape processing and visualization techniques
  • Segmentation and visualization of volumetric models such as those computed through engineering simulations or achired through medical imaging
  • The extraction and animation of isosurfaces in these volumetric models
  • The simulation and visualization of vector fields and flows
  • The construction, transmission, and visualization of multiresolution models
  • Techniques for visualizing data in higher dimensions

  • Slides: Course overview
    Textbook: Schroeder, Martin, and Lorensen, The Visualization Toolkit - An Object-Oriented Approach To 3D Graphics, 4th edition, 520 pages, ISBN 1-930934-07-6, Kitware, Inc. publishers.
    Online reference used in the class : Engel et al., Real-time Volume Graphics, Course Notes 28, ACM SIGGRAPH 2004 (7MB PDF)

    Optional Refernce Books:
  • Hansen and Johnson, The Visualization Handbook, ISBN: 0-12-387582-x, 984 pages, Elsevier, 2004.
  • Nielson, Müller, and Hagen, Scientific Visualization: Overviews, Methodologies, and Techniques, 577 pages, IEEE Press, 1997.

  • Jarek Rossignac, 2007©