Augmented Reality for InfoVis on Large Interactive Displays

Augmented Reality for InfoVis on Large Interactive Displays

PARVIS (Personal Augmented Reality for Information Visualization on Large Interactive Displays) combines large interactive displays and personal head-mounted Augmented Reality (AR) for information visualization to support data exploration and analysis.
PARVIS was a research project done at the Interactive Media Lab Dresden with Patrick Reipschläger and Raimund Dachselt. We investigated how combining Augmented Reality with large, interactive displays can help to mitigate issues often found when confronted with data visualizations solely on large and interactive displays or purely in Augmented Reality.
When interacting with visualizations on large displays, perception is a big issue as the visual elements are distorted depending on the user’s position. Users also need to step back go get an overview and do not have a personal view in collaborative settings with multiple people. Data visualization in AR, however, faces problems when it comes to interacting with the data as interaction in AR lacks the tactile component.

Therefore, our goal was to combine both modalities to mitigate their disadvantages. We used the three dimensional and personal nature of AR content in combination with the vast space and the input capabilities of large touch displays. To show the potential of this combination, we developed concepts for several techniques for exploring visualizations within our setting.

To get a short but also comprehensive overview of the project, I recommend watching our accompanying research video.

Further Information

PARVIS was published as a full research paper at the IEEE VIS conference 2020 which was held virtually due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Therefore, we recorded our talk for the conference which is available online (12 minutes long). This talk will give you all the details of the paper and nice animations as well.

Patrick Reipschläger, Tamara Flemisch, and Raimund Dachselt. 2021. Personal Augmented Reality for Information Visualization on Large Interactive Displays.In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 1182-1192 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/TVCG.2020.3030460 
(The first two authors contributed equally to this work.)