Visualizing movement dynamics in virtual urban environments

  • Dynamics in urban environments encompasses complex processes and phenomena such as related to movement (e.g.,traffic, people) and development (e.g., construction, settlement). This paper presents novel methods for creating human-centric illustrative maps for visualizing the movement dynamics in virtual 3D environments. The methods allow a viewer to gain rapid insight into traffic density and flow. The illustrative maps represent vehicle behavior as light threads. Light threads are a familiar visual metaphor caused by moving light sources producing streaks in a long-exposure photograph. A vehicle’s front and rear lights produce light threads that convey its direction of motion as well as its velocity and acceleration. The accumulation of light threads allows a viewer to quickly perceive traffic flow and density. The light-thread technique is a key element to effective visualization systems for analytic reasoning, exploration, and monitoring of geospatial processes.

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Author:Marc Nienhaus, Bruce Gooch, Jürgen Döllner
Series (Serial Number):Technische Berichte des Hasso-Plattner-Instituts für Softwaresystemtechnik an der Universität Potsdam, ISSN 2191-1665 (17)
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Potsdam
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Book
Date of Publication (online):2009/07/22
Year of Completion:2006
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2009/07/22
RVK - Regensburg Classification:ST 230
Organizational units:An-Institute / Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik GMBH
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Publication Way:Universitätsverlag Potsdam
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
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Nienhaus, Marc:
Visualizing movement dynamics in virtual urban environments / Marc Nienhaus, Bruce Gooch, Jürgen Döllner. - Potsdam : Univ.-Verl., 2006
(Technische Berichte des Hasso-Plattner-Instituts für Softwaresystemtechnik an der Universität Potsdam ; 17)
ISSN 1613-5652
ISBN 978-3-939469-52-0
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