MSCar: Enhancing Message Sequence Charts with Interactivity for Analysing (Automotive) Communication Sequences

  • Message Sequence Charts (MSCs) are a standardized and widespread form to visually describe interactions in distributed systems. Our approach proposes the enrichment of large scaled MSCs with novel interaction and design techniques used in the field of information visualization. Additionally, we show a graphical solution to visualize parallel, multi-directed communication processes in MSCs. Instead of the common application to specify system behaviours our interactive MSCs are aimed at exploring Message Sequence Charts (MSCs) are a standardized and widespread form to visually describe interactions in distributed systems. Our approach proposes the enrichment of large scaled MSCs with novel interaction and design techniques used in the field of information visualization. Additionally, we show a graphical solution to visualize parallel, multi-directed communication processes in MSCs. Instead of the common application to specify system behaviours our interactive MSCs are aimed at exploring and diagnosing dependencies in network communication in general and, regarding our special requirements, within in-car communication traces. We implemented a prototype called MSCar with Focus and Context techniques, Dynamic Path Highlighting, Details on Demand and Colour Coding to support the users’ cognitive abilities. A qualitative user study on MSCar gave us preliminary feedback and disclosed potentials of our approach.show moreshow less

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Author: Michael Sedlmair
URN:urn:nbn:de:kobv:83-opus-21641
ISBN:1863-2122
Series (Serial Number):Electronic Communications of the EASST- ECEASST (13/07)
Document Type:Arbeitspapier/Research Paper
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2009/02/19
Publishing Institution:Technische Universität Berlin
Release Date:2009/02/19
Tag:Automotive; In-Car Communication; Informationsvisualisierung; Interaktivität; Message Sequence Charts
Automotive; In-Car Communication; Information Visualization; Interactivity; Message Sequence Charts
Note:
http://eceasst.cs.tu-berlin.de/index.php/eceasst/article/viewFile/170/165
Institutes:Institut für Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik
Dewey Decimal Classification:004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Collection:Volume 13 (2008): Layout of (Software) Engineering Diagrams 2008
Licence (German):License Logo CC BY-NC-SA: Creative Commons-Lizenz: Namensnennung, nicht kommerziell, Weitergabe zu gleichen Bedingungen