A D V E R T I S E M E N T
The rise of the Information Age and the ascendancy of Computer Graphics come
together in the area of Information Visualization, where interactive graphical
interfaces are used for revealing structure, extracting meaning, and navigating
large and complex information worlds.
Increasing amounts of data and information and the availability of fast digital
network access (e.g., in the information highway environment) have created a
demand for querying, accessing, and retrieving information and data. However,
information technology will not transform business, science, medicine,
engineering, and education if the users cannot use it easily and efficiently.
Technology must come to the users, taking their needs into account. If we do not
involve the users, we will develop useless systems. One of the concerns of this
field is the human-information interface, and how advances in interactive
computer graphics hardware, mass storage, and data visualization could be used
to visualize information.
Computer Simulation and interactive Steering
Scientific visualization is an integral part of the process of simulating
natural phenomena. In the computational sciences, the main goal is to understand
the workings of nature. In order to accomplish this, the scientist proceeds
through a number of steps from observing a natural event or phenomenon to
analyzing the results of the phenomena. Visual representation of this data is
often indispensible in gaining an understanding of the process involved.