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Visualization of vector fields

Grant number: 15/15389-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2015
Effective date (End): November 08, 2015
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computer Systems
Principal researcher:Luis Gustavo Nonato
Grantee:Gustavo Mello Machado
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/22749-8 - Challenges in exploratory visualization of multidimensional data: paradigms, scalability and applications, AP.TEM


Scientific visualization consists of a research field that approximates computer science and other fields of expertise. It aims the development of alternative means to visualize scientific data, which assists on the analysis and understanding of many phenomena. Vector fields are one kind of such data, which is of wide interest for professionals in science and engineering. The visualization of vector fields involves many challenges, for example, on its direct visualization by integral curves and surfaces, the extraction of features, and the detection of its topology. The development of novel techniques that solve new problems and improve previous work is fundamental for this research field, for example, by improving performance, providing more effective representation of the visualized data, and to present visualizations with better aesthetics. Alternative techniques are, nevertheless, fundamental to the detection and analysis of the behavior of vector fields. This research project aims the development of a set of techniques that will contribute not only as alternative but also as improvement to the state-of-the-art techniques for the visualization of vector fields. Such results are important to the many applications like computational fluid dynamics, electromagnetic fields, ocean flow, and magma flow.

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