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Scientific Visualization Group @ LiU

The group Scientific Visualization is a part of the division for Media and Information Technology (MIT) at Linköping University (LiU).

The group activities range from basic research questions to effective solution of visualization problems originating from diverse application areas. This is developing novel analysis, visualization and exploration techniques for a better understanding and communication of large data.

The applications include fluid-flow simulations, molecular dynamics, digital pathology, material sciences, astronomy, space missions and many medical topics. We develop methods for rendering, analysis and exploration of complex data including scalar, vector and tensor fields.

The research builds on ideas and methods from different areas of computer sciences and mathematics, such as computer graphics, computer vision, dynamical systems, computational geometry, and combinatorial topology.

Research areas


Some of our software frameworks


OpenSpace is open source interactive data visualization software designed to visualize the entire known universe and portray our ongoing efforts to investigate the cosmos.

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Inviwo is a software framework for the rapid prototyping visualizations. It is written in C++, exploits modern graphics hardware, and is available under BSD license, which permits free use in any setup - also commercially

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Visual Interactive Analysis of Molecular Dynamics

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Visualization in Astrophysics: Developing New Methods, Discovering Our Universe, and Educating the Earth F. Lan, M. Young, L. Anderson, A. Ynnerman, A. Bock, M. Borkin, A. Forbes, J. Kollmeier, B. Wang Computer Graphics Forum, 2021
OpenSpace Sonification: Complementing Visualization of the Solar System with Sound E. Elmquist, M. Ejdbo, A. Bock, N. Rönnberg International Community for Auditory Displays, 2021
Continuous histograms for anisotropy of 2D symmetric piece-wise linear tensor fields Talha Bin Masood, Ingrid Hotz In Anisotropy Across Fields and Scales. Evren Özarslan, Andrea Fuster, Thomas Schultz, Eugene Zhang (Eds.) Springer-Verlag, Mathematics and Visualization Series. pages 39-70, 2021 Cover Image
Visualization of Tensor Fields in Mechanics C. Hergl, C. Blecha, V. Kretzschmar, F. Raith, F. Günther, M. Stommel, J.Jankowai, I. Hotz, T. Nagel, G. Scheuermann Computer Graphics Forum, 2021
Reaching Broad Audiences from a Science Center or Museum Setting A. Ynnerman, P. Ljung, A. Bock Foundations of Data Visualization, 2020
Unwind: Interactive Fish Straightening F. Williams, A. Bock, H. Doraiswamy, C. Donatelli, K. Hall, A. Summers, D. Panozzo, C. Silva CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2020
Tensor volume exploration using attribute space representatives J.Jankowai, R. Skånberg, D. Jönsson, A. Ynnerman, I. Hotz Levia 2020, 2020
Feature Level-Sets: Generalizing Iso-surfaces to Multi-variate Data J.Jankowai, I. Hotz IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2020
Visualizing a Billion Stars for Science and Education J. Faherty, B. Abbott, A. Alsegård, C. Emmart, A. Bock, E. Axelsson, A. Ynnerman, M. Acinapura American Astronomical Society meeting #235, 2020
Interactive Visualization of Atmospheric Effects for Celestial Bodies J. Costa, A. Bock, C. Emmart, C. Hansen, A. Ynnerman, C. Silva IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2020
OpenSpace: A System for Astrographics A. Bock, E. Axelsson, J. Costa, G. Payne, M. Acinapura, V. Trakinski, C. Emmart, C. Silva, C. Hansen, A. Ynnerman IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 2020

This paper describes how OpenSpace meets these challenges in an open source effort thatis paving the path for the next generation of interactive astrographics.

Edit distance between merge trees Raghavendra Sridharamurthy, Talha Bin Masood, Adhitya Kamakshidasan, Vijay Natarajan IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 26(3), pages 1518-1531, 2020
Parallel computation of alpha complexes for biomolecules Talha Bin Masood, Tathagata Ray, Vijay Natarajan Computational Geometry, 90, pages 101651, 2020
Parallel computation of alpha complexes for biomolecules Talha Bin Masood, Tathagata Ray, Vijay Natarajan 36th International Symposium on Computational Geometry, SoCG 2020, LIPIcs, 164, pages 17:1-17:16, 2020
Robust Extraction and Simplification of 2D Symmetric Tensor Field Topology J.Jankowai, B.Wang, I. Hotz Computer Graphics Forum, 2019
IDEAS: Immersive Dome Experiences for Accelerating Science J. Faherty, M. SubbaRao, R. Wyatt, A. Ynnerman, N. deGrasse Tyson, A. Geller, M. Weber, P. Rosenfield, W. Steffen, G. Stoeckle, D. Weiskopf, M. Magnor, P. Williams, B. Abbott, L. Marchetti, T. Jarrett, J. Fay, J. Peek, O. Graur, P. Durrell, D. Homeier, H. Preston, T. Müller, J. Vos, D. Brown, P. Giorla, E. Rice, D. Bardalez Gagliuffi, A. Bock, J. Hedberg, D. Rosen, C. Emmart ASTRO 2020 White Paper, 2019
Visual analysis of charge flow networks for complex morphologies Sathish Kottravel, Martin Falk, Talha Bin Masood, Mathieu Linares, Ingrid Hotz EuroVis 2019, Computer Graphics Form, 38(3), pages 479-489, 2019
Tailoring visualization applications for tasks and users A. Bock PhD Thesis, 2018
OpenSpace: Bringing NASA Missions to the Public A. Bock, C. Hansen, A. Ynnerman IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, 2018
OpenSpace: Changing the Narrative of Public Dissemination in Astronomical Visualization from What to How A. Bock, E. Axelsson, C. Emmart, M. Kuznetsova, C. Hansen, A. Ynnerman IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications, 2018
Globe Browsing in OpenSpace K. Bladin, A. Bock, A. Ynnerman Computer, 2018