Dynamic view-dependent visualization of unstructured tetrahedral volumetric meshes

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Okuyan E., GÜDÜKBAY U., Isler V.

JOURNAL OF VISUALIZATION, vol.15, no.2, pp.167-178, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12650-011-0122-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.167-178
  • Keywords: Volume visualization, Direct volume rendering, View-dependent refinement, Progressive meshes, Unstructured tetrahedral meshes
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Visualization of large volumetric datasets has always been an important problem. Due to the high computational requirements of volume-rendering techniques, achieving interactive rates is a real challenge. We present a selective refinement scheme that dynamically refines the mesh according to the camera parameters. This scheme automatically determines the impact of different parts of the mesh on the output image and refines the mesh accordingly, without needing any user input. The view-dependent refinement scheme uses a progressive mesh representation that is based on an edge collapse-based tetrahedral mesh simplification algorithm. We tested our view-dependent refinement framework on an existing state-of-the-art volume renderer. Thanks to low overhead dynamic view-dependent refinement, we achieve interactive frame rates for rendering common datasets at decent image resolutions.