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Assisted Viewpoint Interaction for 3D Visualization

Hughes, Stephen Benjamin (2005) Assisted Viewpoint Interaction for 3D Visualization. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Many three-dimensional visualizations are characterized by the use of a mobile viewpoint that offers multiple perspectives on a set of visual information. To effectively control the viewpoint, the viewer must simultaneously manage the cognitive tasks of understanding the layout of the environment, and knowing where to look to find relevant information, along with mastering the physical interaction required to position the viewpoint in meaningful locations. Numerous systems attempt to address these problems by catering to two extremes: simplified controls or direct presentation. This research attempts to promote hybrid interfaces that offer a supportive, yet unscripted exploration of a virtual environment.Attentive navigation is a specific technique designed to actively redirect viewers' attention while accommodating their independence. User-evaluation shows that this technique effectively facilitates several visualization tasks including landmark recognition, survey knowledge acquisition, and search sensitivity. Unfortunately, it also proves to be excessively intrusive, leading viewers to occasionally struggle for control of the viewpoint. Additional design iterations suggest that formalized coordination protocols between the viewer and the automation can mute the shortcomings and enhance the effectiveness of the initial attentive navigation design.The implications of this research generalize to inform the broader requirements for Human-Automation interaction through the visual channel. Potential applications span a number of fields, including visual representations of abstract information, 3D modeling, virtual environments, and teleoperation experiences.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hughes, Stephen
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairLewis, Michaelmlewis@mail.sis.pitt.eduCMLEWIS
Committee MemberSpring, Michaelspring@pitt.eduSPRING
Committee MemberBrusilovsky, Peterpeterb@mail.sis.pitt.eduPETERB
Committee MemberHirtle,
Date: 30 September 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 5 August 2005
Approval Date: 30 September 2005
Submission Date: 9 August 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human-Computer Interaction; Recommender Systems; Teleoperation; Visualization
Other ID:, etd-08092005-110246
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:58
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:48


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