Research

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This research theme focuses on (1) coupling visualization with effective interaction techniques and technologies; and (2) determining the appropriate visual interaction and representation of the information for the user, their experience as well as their role and task in the scientific exploration and analysis.

(a) Sultanum et al. ['10, '11]; (b) Cabral R Mota et al. '16a; (c) Li et al. '14a; (d) Seyed et al. '13a;
(e)
Harris et al. '11; (f) Mostafa et al. '15.

In HDCI, our group introduced the use of interactive display surfaces and tangible user interfaces for collaborative visualization and analysis of spatial and high-dimensional data from the disciplines of geoscience and petroleum engineering. Papers reporting our results are among the first publications - i.e., in both computer science and reservoir geoscience & engineering venues - introducing this novel HDCI techniques and technologies.

To date, projects from our group are organized into four categories of HDCI techniques and technologies:

  1. Tabletop and mobile interactions to facilitate collaborative data manipulation and analysis. Projects and case-studies are organized into five sub-categories: (1.1) Reservoir post-processing simulation (Sultanum et al. ['10, '11, '12]); (1.2) Outcrop analogues from LiDAR data (Sultanum et al. '13 from RT-2: SBIM); (1.3) Hydrocarbon microseep data (Burns et al. ['12(a, b), '13], Seyed et al. ['12, '13 (a, b, c)] ; (1.4) Mobile visualization for 4-D objects (Li et al. '15a); and (1.5) Tabletop-robot integration (Somanath et al. '13 (a, b));

  2. Immersive interactions, including the use of virtual reality environments, immersive glasses, mixed and augmented reality (AR). Projects and case-studies are organized into eight sub-categories: (2.1) Well placement optimization and reservoir connectivity analysis (Cabral R Mota et al. '16a, also RT-3: Vis&VA); (2.2) Integrating mixed reality with tabletop interaction (Lapides et al. '12); (2.3) Land navigation and geoscientific field studies using mobile AR and 3D printing technology (Li et al. ['14a, '17(a, b)], Nittala et al. '15); (2.4) Spatial interface for UAV control (Li et al. '15b); (2.5) Proxemics for interacting with microseismic data (Mostafa et al. '13c); (2.6) Virtual reality training system for placement of offshore oil rigs (Mostafa et al. '15); (2.7) Exploring temporospatiality in virtual environments with applications in medicine (i.e., surgery simulation) (Mostafa et al. ['14, '16, '17(a, b)]); and (2.8) Integrating mixed reality with sketch-based interfaces (Xin et al. ['07, '08], also RT-2: SBIM);

  3. Tangible interfaces (TUI) exploring the inherent spatiality of the 3D data. Projects and case-studies are organized into four sub-categories: (3.1) Simulating flexible well placement for reservoir simulation studies (Harris et al. '11); (3.2) The Tractus drawing device (Lapides et al. '06, Sharlin & Costa Sousa '05), with case-studies for controlling a robotics team (Lapides et al. '08), and for sketching positional information for plant growth simulation (Streit et al. '06 from RT-2: SBIM); (3.3) Social Comics, a casual video game TUI authoring framework allowing players to act in short comic strips they create (Lapides et al. ['10, '11]); and (3.4) Exploring TUI for DIY experiments in science and education (Somanath et al. ['14, '15(a, b), '16, '17]);

  4. Human-robot interaction (HRI), with two main HRI sub-categories of experiments. (4.1) How people judge the trustworthiness of a robot during social Human-Robot Interaction (sHRI) (Cabral R Mota et al. '16b); and (4.2) a robot prototype designed to introduce the capabilities of a virtual reality CAVE facility to human users and visitors (Li et al. '14b).


HDCI Publications

G&PE = Geoscience & Petroleum Engineering venue

Theses (12)
Journal Articles
Conference Papers (33)

Burns C.

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MSc

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'13

Cabral R Mota R.

MSc

'17

Cartwright S.

MSc

In Prog.

Lapides P.

MSc

'12

Li H.

PhD

In Prog.

Mostafa AE.

PhD

'18

Nittala AE.

MSc

'15

Seyed A.

MSc

'13

Somanath S.

PhD

'17

Somanath S.

MSc

'12

Sultanum N.

MSc

'11

Xin M.

MSc

'07

Costa Sousa et al. '15 (G&PE) --
also RT-(2, 3) (counted in RT-3)

Burns et al. ['12a,'13]
Cabral R Mota et al. '16 (
a, b)
Harris et al. '11
Sharlin & Costa Sousa '05
Lapides et al. [
'06, '08, '10 , '11]
Li et al. [
'14b, '15 (a, b), '17 (a, b)]
Mostafa et al. [
'15, '16, '17 (a, b)]
Nittala et al. '15
Seyed et al. [
'12, '13 (a, b, c)]
Somanath et al. [
'13a, '15 (a, b), '16, '17]
Sultanum et al. [
'10, '11]
Xin et al. [
'07, '08]


Ext Abst. / Posters (8)
Repts / Course Notes (1)

Burns et al. '12b (G&PE)
Li et al. '14a
Lapides et al. '12 (G&PE)
Mostafa et al. [
'13c, '14]
Somanath et al. [
'13b, '14]
Sultanum et al. '12 (G&PE)

Viola & Costa Sousa '08 - also RT-3


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