Image based flow visualization for curved surfaces

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A new method for the synthesis of dense, vector-field aligned textures on curved surfaces is presented, called IBFVS. The method is based on image based flow visualization (IBFV). In IBFV two-dimensional animated textures are produced by defining each frame of a flow animation as a blend between a warped version of the previous image and a number of filtered white noise images. We produce flow aligned texture on arbitrary three-dimensional triangular meshes in the same spirit as the original method: texture is generated directly in image space. We show that IBFVS is efficient and effective. High performance (typically fifty frames or more per second) is achieved by exploiting graphics hardware. Also, IBFVS can easily be implemented and a variety of effects can be achieved. Applications are flow visualization and surface rendering. Specifically, we show how to visualize the wind field on the earth and how to render a dirty bronze bunny.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 9th Annual IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, InfoVis 2003, Seattle WA, USA, October 19-21, 2003
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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