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The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium
11:00-12:00 Fri 02 Jun 2006

Schottky Room

Dr Chris Fluke

(Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne)

Future Directions in Astronomy Visualization - Dr Chris Fluke Colloquium

Every year, astronomers spend millions of dollars on telescopes,
instruments and computers, yet they tend to look at the resulting data on small, flat, two-dimensional displays. Limiting factors seem to be the level of awareness of techniques that are available, and lack of access to appropriate software tools to simplify the visualization process. I aim to address both of these issues.

I will present a summary of Swinburne's work on advanced image displays
including stereoscopic projection and MirrorDome (full-dome digital projection on a budget). I will also demonstrate S2Plot: a new, 3-dimensional plotting library with support for both standard and advanced display devices. With a PGPlot-inspired interface, S2Plot provides astronomers with elegant techniques for displaying and exploring 3d data sets directly from their program code.

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