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Scientific Visualization and Graphics Simulation - Daniel Thalmann

Scientific Visualization and Graphics Simulation

By: Daniel Thalmann (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th July 1990
ISBN: 9780471927426
Number Of Pages: 274

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Scientific visualization is a new approach in the area of numerical simulation. It allows researchers to observe the results of numerical simulations using complex graphical representations. Visualization provides a method for seeing what it is not normally visible such as torsion forces inside a body, wind against a wall, heat conduction, flows, plasmas, earthquake mechanisms, and molecules. The purpose of this book is to present the techniques of computer graphics, image synthesis and computer animation necessary for visualizing phenomena and mechanisms in sciences and medicine. The book provides engineers, scientists, physicians, and architects with fundamental concepts allowing them to visualize their results using graphics and animation. Complete examples of visualization are presented in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, and robotics. The book starts with an overview of graphics workstations and processors. Then, several fundamental problems of computational geometry are presented. The third chapter tries to answer the question "when does a surface look good?". As volumes are essential in scientific visualization, three chapters are dedicated to various aspects related to representing volumes: solid modelling, finite element theory and volume rendering techniques. Special methods for modelling natural objects are described such as fractals, particle systems, and modular maps. Basic and advanced techniques in computer animation are then described including keyframe animation, algorithmic animation and human animation. The next chapter presents robotics methods for task-level and behavioral animation. The Astrid system for graphical representation of numerical simualtions is described in a specific chapter. Additional chapters are dedicated to typical applications of visualizations and graphics simulation: visualization of flow simulations, visualization and manipulation of medical images, visualization of botanical structures, and visualization on complex molecular models. Two chapters are dedicated to computer vision and its relationship to computer graphics. Finally, the last two chapters presents the graphics simulation of robots and production installations.

Partial table of contents:

Architecture of Graphic Systems (J. Nicoud).

Surface Visualization (P. Buser, et al.).

The Finite Element Method: Basic Principles (J. Gourret).

Special Models for Natural Objects (A. Gagalowicz).

Robotics Methods for Task-Level and Behavioral Animation (D.Thalmann).

Visualization of Flow Simulations (R. Richter, et al.).

Visualization of Botanical Structures and Processes UsingParametric L-Systems (P. Prusinkiewicz & J. Hanan).

Grapics Visualization and Artificial Vision (C. Baur & S.Beer).

Graphics Simulation in Robotics (N. Stewart).

ISBN: 9780471927426
ISBN-10: 0471927422
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 25th July 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.48 x 17.89  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1

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