Kasakevich, M., Boulanger, P., Bischof, W. F. and Garcia, M. (2006). Multi-modal interface for real-time CFD solver. IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and their Applications, Ottawa, November 4-5, 2006, pp. 15-20.
Advances in computer processing power and networking over the past few years have brought significant changes to the modeling and simulation of complex phenomena. Problems that formerly could only be tackled in batch mode, with their results visualized afterwards, can now be monitored whilst in progress using graphical means. In certain cases, it is even possible to alter parameters of the computation whilst it is running, depending on what the scientist perceives in the current visual output. This ability to monitor and change parameters of the computational process at any time and from anywhere is called computational steering. Combining this capability with advanced multi-modal tools to explore the data produced by these systems are key to our approach. In this paper, we present an advanced multi-modal interface where sonification and 3D visualization are used in a computational steering environment specialized to solve real-time Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) problems. More specifically, this paper describes how sonification of CFD data can be used to augment 3D visualization.
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