A visual analytics perspective on shape analysis: State of the art and future prospects

In: Computers & Graphics (Sept. 2015), 53, Part A(63-71)
 

Abstract

The combination of long established techniques in morphometrics with novel shape modeling approaches in geometry processing has opened new ways of visualizations of shape variability in different application areas like biology, medicine, epidemiology and agriculture. For the first time highly resolved 3D representations became accessible for statistical analysis as well as visualizations. In order to reveal causes for shape variability targeted statistical analysis correlating shape features against external and internal factors is necessary but due to the complexity of the problem often not feasible in an automated way. Therefore, visual analytics methods found their way into the field of morphometrics. This led to numerous publications in recent years that might be subsumed under the novel term visual shape analytics. In this paper we try to put these works into the context of visual analytics, outline the basic principles underlying these approaches and review the current state of the art. Finally, future challenges and possibilities in visual shape analytics are identified.

Keywords: shape analysis, shape space, visual analytics, visual shape analytics, Visualization

The definite version of the paper will be published in a special edition of Computers & Graphics and is available online at ScienceDirect.

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@ARTICLE{hermann2015-survey,
    author = {Hermann, Max and Klein, Reinhard},
     pages = {63--71},
     title = {A visual analytics perspective on shape analysis: State of the art and future prospects},
   journal = {Computers {\&} Graphics},
    volume = {53, Part A},
      year = {2015},
     month = sep,
  keywords = {shape analysis, shape space, visual analytics, visual shape analytics, Visualization},
  abstract = {The combination of long established techniques in morphometrics with novel shape modeling approaches
              in geometry processing has opened new ways of visualizations of shape variability in different
              application areas like biology, medicine, epidemiology and agriculture. For the first time highly
              resolved 3D representations became accessible for statistical analysis as well as visualizations. In
              order to reveal causes for shape variability targeted statistical analysis correlating shape
              features against external and internal factors is necessary but due to the complexity of the problem
              often not feasible in an automated way. Therefore, visual analytics methods found their way into the
              field of morphometrics. This led to numerous publications in recent years that might be subsumed
              under the novel term visual shape analytics. In this paper we try to put these works into the
              context of visual analytics, outline the basic principles underlying these approaches and review the
              current state of the art. Finally, future challenges and possibilities in visual shape analytics are
              identified.},
       url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0097849315001429},
       doi = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cag.2015.08.008}
}