Three-dimensional visualisation of knowledge structures: Prototyping for design evaluation

  • U. K. Patel
  • A. G. Sutcliffe
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 753)


A conceptual framework for specification of 3D visualisations is introduced, and a task knowledge modelling approach to designing 3D visualisations of knowledge structures is described. Using this approach, a three-dimensional interactive graphical user interface to a medical diagnosis knowledge based system has been designed and specified. The design has been implemented as a prototype and evaluated. We found that there are individual differences in the way users explore three dimensional visualisations, and that usability is dependent on both the morphology (visualisation) and manipulations (interface functionality). Implications of these findings for the design of 3D visualisations are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. K. Patel
    • 1
  • A. G. Sutcliffe
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for HCI Design, School of InformaticsCity UniversityLondonUK

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