Visibility Equalizer Cutaway Visualization of Mesoscopic Biological Models

M. Le Muzic, P. Mindek, J. Sorger, L. Autin, D. S. Goodsell, I. Viola

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In scientific illustrations and visualization, cutaway views are often employed as an effective technique for occlusion management in densely packed scenes. We propose a novel method for authoring cutaway illustrations of mesoscopic biological models. In contrast to the existing cutaway algorithms, we take advantage of the specific nature of the biological models. These models consist of thousands of instances with a comparably smaller number of different types. Our method constitutes a two stage process. In the first step, clipping objects are placed in the scene, creating a cutaway visualization of the model. During this process, a hierarchical list of stacked bars inform the user about the instance visibility distribution of each individual molecular type in the scene. In the second step, the visibility of each molecular type is fine-tuned through these bars, which at this point act as interactive visibility equalizers. An evaluation of our technique with domain experts confirmed that our equalizer-based approach for visibility specification is valuable and effective for both, scientific and educational purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-170
Number of pages10
JournalComputer Graphics Forum
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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© 2016 The Author(s) Computer Graphics Forum © 2016 The Eurographics Association and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • Categories and Subject Descriptors (according to ACM CCS)
  • I.3.3 [Computer Graphics]: Picture/Image Generation—Viewing algorithms

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  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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