Future Challenges and Unsolved Problems in Multi-field Visualization

  • Robert S. Laramee
  • Hamish Carr
  • Min Chen
  • Helwig Hauser
  • Lars Linsen
  • Klaus Mueller
  • Vijay Natarajan
  • Harald Obermaier
  • Ronald Peikert
  • Eugene Zhang
Part of the Mathematics and Visualization book series (MATHVISUAL)


Evaluation, solved and unsolved problems, and future directions are popular themes pervading the visualization community over the last decade. The top unsolved problem in both scientific and information visualization was the subject of an IEEE Visualization Conference panel in 2004. The future of graphics hardware was another important topic of discussion the same year. The subject of how to evaluate visualization returned a few years later. Chris Johnson published a list of 10 top problems in scientific visualization research. This was followed up by report of both past achievements and future challenges in visualization research as well as financial support recommendations to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Health (NIH). Chen recently published the first list of top unsolved information visualization problems. Future research directions of topology-based visualization was also a major theme of a workshop on topology-based methods. Laramee and Kosara published a list of top future challenges in human-centered visualization.


Tensor Field Graphic Hardware Display Primary Scientific Visualization Visual Metaphor 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. 1.
    Chen, C.: Top 10 unsolved information visualization problems. IEEE Comput. Graph. Appl. 25(4), 12–16 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Hauser, H., Bremer, P.T., Theisel, H., Trener, M., Tricoche, X.: Panel: What are the most demanding and critical problems, and what are the most promising research directions in Topology-Based Flow Visualization? In Topology-Based Methods in Visualization Workshop. Budmerice, Slovakia (2005)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    House, D., Interrante, V., Laidlaw, D., Taylor, R., Ware, C.: Panel: Design and evaluation in visualization research. Proc. IEEE Vis. 2005, 705–708 (2005)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Johnson, C.R.: Top scientific visualization research problems. IEEE Comput. Graph. Appl. 24(4), 13–17 (2004)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Johnson, C.R., Moorehead, R., Munzner, T., Pfister, H., Rheingans, P., Yoo, T. S.: NIH/NSF Visualization Research Challenges (Final Draft, Jan 2006). Technical report (2006)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Johnson, G., Ebert, D., Hansen, C., Kirk, D., Mark, B., Pfister, H.: Panel: the future visualization platform. Proc. IEEE Vis. 2004, 569–571 (2004)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Laramee, R.S., Kosara, R.: Human-Centered Visualization Environments, Chapter Future Challenges and Unsolved Problems Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 4417, pp. 231–254. Springer, Berlin (2007)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    McCormick, B.H., DeFanti, T.A., Brown, M.D.: Visualization in Scientific Computing. Technical report, The National Science Foundation (NSF) (1987)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Peng, Z., Grundy, E., Laramee, R.S., Chen, G., Croft, N.: Mesh Driven Vector Field Clustering and Visualization: An Image-Based Approach. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 24(2), 283–298 (2012)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Rhyne, T.-M., Hibbard, B., Johnson, C., Chen, C., Eick, S.: Panel: can we determine the top unresolved problems of visualization? Proc. IEEE Vis. 2004, 563–565 (2004)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Scheuermann, G., Garth, C., Peikert, R.: Panel: Even More Theory, or More Practical Applications to Particular Problems: In Which Direction will Topology-Based Flow Visualization go? In: Topology-Based Methods in Visualization Workshop. Budmerice, Slovakia (2005)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Van Wijk, J. J.: The Value of Visualization. In: Proceedings IEEE Visualization ’05, pp. 79–86. IEEE Computer Society (2005)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert S. Laramee
    • 1
  • Hamish Carr
    • 2
  • Min Chen
    • 3
  • Helwig Hauser
    • 4
  • Lars Linsen
    • 5
  • Klaus Mueller
    • 6
  • Vijay Natarajan
    • 7
  • Harald Obermaier
    • 8
  • Ronald Peikert
    • 9
  • Eugene Zhang
    • 10
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentSwansea UniversitySwanseaUK
  2. 2.University of LeedsLeedsUK
  3. 3.Oxford e-Research Centre University of OxfordOxfordUK
  4. 4.Department of InformaticsUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  5. 5.School of Engineering and ScienceJacobs UniversityBremenGermany
  6. 6.Department of Computer ScienceStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  7. 7.Department of Computer Science and AutomationIISBengaluruIndia
  8. 8.Department of Computer ScienceUC DavisDavisUSA
  9. 9.ETH ZurichScientific Visualization GroupZurichSwitzerland
  10. 10.Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

Personalised recommendations