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The Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization (IDAV) consists of six faculty members and approximately 30 researchers and graduate students all working on interdisciplinary problems in visualization, geometric modeling, computer graphics, computational geometry, graphics architecture, and immersive technologies. We are key partners in SDAV, a DoE SciDAC III Scalable Data Analysis an Visualization Center, and in the IRTG, an International Research Training Group based at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. We are an internationally recognized leader in the fields of visualization and computer graphics, addressing problems that range from the multiresolution display of very large-scale data, to the discovery of new visual analysis algorithms, to the design of methods to accelerate the use of graphics hardware.

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Topology-based Exploration of Volume Data
Gunther H. Weber, Gerik Scheuermann, Bernd Hamann, Hans Hagen

When examining a scalar field using isosurfaces, it is often difficult to identify isovalues where relevant isosurface behavior occurs. Using Morse theory, it is possible to identify critical points. These critical points indicate isosurface topology changes: the creation of new surface components, merging of surface components or the formation of holes in a surface component. Therefore, they highlight "interesting" isosurface behavior ... [more]