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Visibility volumes for interactive path optimization

Srikanth, Manohar B and Mathias, PC and Natarajan, Vijay and Naidu, Prakash and Poston, Timothy (2008) Visibility volumes for interactive path optimization. In: Visual Computer, 24 (7-9). pp. 635-647.

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We describe a real-time system that supports design of optimal flight paths over terrains. These paths either maximize view coverage or minimize vehicle exposure to ground. A volume-rendered display of multi-viewpoint visibility and a haptic interface assists the user in selecting, assessing, and refining the computed flight path. We design a three-dimensional scalar field representing the visibility of a point above the terrain, describe an efficient algorithm to compute the visibility field, and develop visual and haptic schemes to interact with the visibility field. Given the origin and destination, the desired flight path is computed using an efficient simulation of an articulated rope under the influence of the visibility gradient. The simulation framework also accepts user input, via the haptic interface, thereby allowing manual refinement of the flight path.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Visual Computer
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Keywords: Visibility analysis;Flight paths;Force;directed ropes;Haptics;Multimodal interaction.
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Supercomputer Education & Research Centre
Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 12:08
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:59
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/26890

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