Collaborative Exploration of Scientific Datasets Using Immersive and Statistical Visualization

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We discuss the value of collaborative, immersive visualization for the exploration of scientific datasets and review techniques and tools that have been developed and deployed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). We believe that collaborative visualizations linking statistical interfaces and graphics on laptops and high-performance computing (HPC) with 3D visualizations on immersive displays (head-mounted displays and large-scale immersive environments) enable scientific workflows that further rapid exploration of large, high-dimensional datasets by teams of analysts. We present a framework, PlottyVR, that blends statistical tools, general-purpose programming environments, and simulation with 3D visualizations. To contextualize this framework, we propose a categorization and loose taxonomy of collaborative visualization and analysis techniques. Finally, we describe how scientists and engineers have adopted this framework to investigate large, complex datasets.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages41
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePresented at the SEA'S Improving Scientific Software Conference and Tutorials 2021, 22-26 March 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-2C00-79574


  • collaborative visualization
  • datasets
  • scientific workflow
  • statistical graphics


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