Visibility-driven Space Deformation

Abstract

Spatial information can be most effectively communicated by showing carefully chosen pictures of a scene. This is even more true, if images are taken from a familiar perspective so that the observer can easily match his perspective with the depiction. In contrast to more abstract representations like e.g. maps, the mental effort for self localization and orientation is reduced and way finding facilitated. Choice of appropriate viewpoints is, however, non-trivial and requires great skill. Moreover, occlusion significantly restricts the visibility of important features.
In our research we explore ways to automatically enhance visibility of important scene features by applying specialized space and surface deformations. Since occlusion provides important depth clues our goal is to minimize occlusion only where it hinders visibility of important features rather than eliminating it altogether.