Preface. This dissertation is the result of research that I conducted between January 2005 and December 2008 in the Visualization research group of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. I am pleased to have the opportunity to thank a number of people that made this work possible. I owe my sincere gratitude to Alexandru Telea, my supervisor and first promotor. I did not consider pursuing a PhD until my Master’s project, which he also supervised. Due to our pleasant collaboration from which I learned quite a lot, I became convinced that becoming a doctoral student would be the right thing to do for me. Indeed, I can say it has greatly increased my knowledge and professional skills. Alex, thank you for our interesting discussions and the freedom you gave me in conducting my research. You made these four years a pleasant experience. I am further grateful to Jack vanWijk, my second promotor. Our monthly discussions were insightful, and he continuously encouraged me to take a more formal and scientific stance. I would also like to thank Prof. Jan de Graaf from the department of mathematics for our discussions on some of my conjectures. His mathematical rigor was inspiring. I am greatly indebted to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for funding my PhD project (grant number 612.065.414). I thank Prof. Kaleem Siddiqi, Prof. Mark de Berg, and Dr. Remco Veltkamp for taking part in the core doctoral committee and Prof. Deborah Silver and Prof. Jos Roerdink for participating in the extended committee. Our Visualization group provides a great atmosphere to do research in. In particular, I would like to thank my fellow doctoral students Frank van Ham, Hannes Pretorius, Lucian Voinea, Danny Holten, Koray Duhbaci, Yedendra Shrinivasan, Jing Li, NielsWillems, and Romain Bourqui. They enabled me to take my mind of research from time to time, by discussing political and economical affairs, and more trivial topics. Furthermore, I would like to thank the senior researchers of our group, Huub van de Wetering, Kees Huizing, and Michel Westenberg. In particular, I thank Andrei Jalba for our fruitful collaboration in the last part of my work. On a personal level, I would like to thank my parents and sister for their love and support over the years, my friends for providing distractions outside of the office, and Michelle for her unconditional love and ability to light up my mood when needed.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||12 Feb 2009|
|Place of Publication||Eindhoven|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|