AR-VIS: Augmented Reality Interactive Visualization Environment for Exploring Dynamic Scientific Data

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The AR Vis project is a general-purpose interactive data visualization platform for collaborative interaction with scientific data. The platform is designed for augmented reality displays of data supporting multi-user interaction and simulations. Methods developed include a procedural pipeline for data culling, modeling, visualization, and porting to multiuser augmented reality. A prototype interactive visualization application demonstrates the system via visualization and simulation of magnetic fields. The magnetic field visualizations are attached to physical objects or embedded in the environment. The invisible magnetic fields are transformed into tangible models of nano and geospatial scales magnetic phenomena accessible to a user’s full body (embodied) interaction. The project seeks to make a significant contribution to scientific visualization. Extending beyond the cognitive impact of traditional scientific visualization, the goal of the AR Vis platform is to additionally leverage human perception and spatial cognition and make data patterns tangible, manipulable and more accessible. In supporting augmented information cognition in scientists and learners, AR Vis design supports data discovery and learning. The prototype implementation uses physics data modeling of the invisible and largely intangible forces of magnetism across different scales. The project yields both a prototype platform and develops a data visualization pipeline. Both demonstrate a substantial and concrete implementation and demonstration of AR Vis techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHCI International 2019 – Late Breaking Posters - 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019, Proceedings
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis, Margherita Antona
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030307110
StatePublished - 2019
Event21st International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, HCII 2019 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jul 26 2019Jul 31 2019

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference21st International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, HCII 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Mathematics


  • Augmented reality
  • Interactive visualization
  • Magnetic fields
  • Scientific data


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