Knowledge visualization from conceptual structures

  • W. R. Cyre
  • S. Balachandar
  • A. Thakar
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 835)


This paper addresses the problem of automatically generating displays from conceptual graphs for visualization of the knowledge contained in them. Automatic display generation is important in validating the graphs and for communicating the knowledge they contain. Displays may be classified as literal, schematic, or pictorial, and also as static versus dynamic. At this time prototype software has been developed to generate static schematic displays of graphs representing knowledge of digital systems. The prototype software generates displays in two steps, by first joining basis displays associated with basis graphs from which the graph to be displayed is synthesized, and then assigning screen coordinates to the display elements. Other strategies for mapping conceptual graphs to schematic displays are also discussed.


Visualization Representation Mapping Conceptual Graphs Schematic Diagrams Pictures 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. R. Cyre
    • 1
  • S. Balachandar
    • 1
  • A. Thakar
    • 1
  1. 1.The Bradley Department of Electrical EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburg

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