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An Immersive Virtual Paleontology Application

  • Virtual paleontology studies digital fossils through data analysis and visualization systems. The discipline is growing in relevance for the evident advantages of non-destructive imaging techniques over traditional paleontological methods, and it has made significant advancements during the last few decades. However, virtual paleontology still faces a number of technological challenges, amongst which are interaction shortcomings of image segmentation applications. Whereas automated segmentation methods are seldom applicable to fossil datasets, manual exploration of these specimens is extremely time-consuming as it impractically delves into three-dimensional data through two-dimensional visualization and interaction means. This paper presents an application that employs virtual reality and haptics to virtual paleontology in order to evolve its interaction paradigms and address some of its limitations. We provide a brief overview of the challenges faced by virtual paleontology practitioners, a description of our immersive virtual paleontology prototype, and the results of a heuristic evaluation of our design.
Author:Lucas Siqueira RodriguesORCiD, John Nyakatura, Stefan ZachowORCiD, Johann Habakuk Israel
Document Type:In Proceedings
Parent Title (English):13th International Conference on Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications, EuroHaptics 2022
First Page:478
Last Page:481
Year of first publication:2022
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