VRParaSet: A Virtual Reality Model for Visualizing Multidimensional Data

Ngan V.T. Nguyen, Lino Virgen, Tommy Dang

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Visual analytics relies heavily on two-dimensional graphical representations. Going beyond 2D is useful as we can utilize additional dimensions to present complex data sets but requires more user efforts to navigate/rotate to the appropriate views. Moreover, multidimensional visual analytics in immersed environments has not been fully explored. In this paper, we present a virtual reality model for visualizing multidimensional data in parallel coordinates, called VRParaSet. Our approach stacks polylines traveling in the similar paths between two consecutive dimensions. We anchor the lines at the vertices to reduce occlusions, offer esthetic appearance, and reveal data-based structures not evident in 2D panels or contours. The proposed model is compared to its 2D and 3D equivalences through a user study of 19 participants. The results show that the virtual reality model, while potentially useful, requires a lot of cares, especially on navigation and interaction within the virtual space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Visual Computing - 14th International Symposium on Visual Computing, ISVC 2019, Proceedings
EditorsGeorge Bebis, Bahram Parvin, Richard Boyle, Darko Koracin, Daniela Ushizima, Sek Chai, Shinjiro Sueda, Xin Lin, Aidong Lu, Daniel Thalmann, Chaoli Wang, Panpan Xu
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030337223
StatePublished - 2019
Event14th International Symposium on Visual Computing, ISVC 2019 - Nevada, United States
Duration: Oct 7 2019Oct 9 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11845 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th International Symposium on Visual Computing, ISVC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Google Cardboard
  • Multidimensional visual analytics
  • Oculus Rift
  • Parallel coordinates
  • Virtual Reality
  • WebVR


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