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IVORY framework for Visualization

IVORY framework for Visualization - Diss ETH No 14585 2002...

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Diss. ETH No. 14585 2002 IVORY - An Object-Oriented Framework for Physics-Based Information Visualization A dissertation submitted to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich for the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences presented by Thomas Carl Sprenger Dipl. Informatik-Ingenieur ETH Zürich born July 5, 1970 in Basel accepted on the recommendation of Prof. M. H. Gross, Examiner Prof. H.-J. Schek, Co-Examiner
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To my parents Silvia and Robert
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“Jeder weiss, dass Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung und Statistik das- selbe sind, und dass Statistik weiter nichts ist als Korrelation. Nun ist aber die Korrelation nichts anderes als der Cosinus eines Winkels. Also ist das Ganze trivial” (Emil Artin, 1947)
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS At this place, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the colleagues and friends who supported me in realizing this work. Without their help this project would never have succeeded. Especially, I would like to express my gratitude my theses supervisor Prof. Markus Gross for his spontaneous commitment to this research project. I want to thank Markus for his guidance and his uncompromising support for the project, as well as for the confi- dence and freedom he gave me in pursuing my research interests. With his remarkable combination of expertise and social competence, Markus established an excellent working environment in his research group, in which not only the professional but also personal development takes place. I am very grateful to Prof. Hans-Jörg Schek to be my co-examiner, and that he offered me the chance to use the data from one of his research projects for an additional illustrative example of use. I thank all my fellow colleagues at the Computer Graphics Group who have helped me along the way, especially Lars Lippert, Martin Roth, Oliver Staadt, Reto Lütolf, Rolf Koch, Daniel Bielser, Andreas Hubeli, Matthias Zwicker, Ronny Peikert, and all the others not explicitly named here. Working with them has always been a great pleasure for me. Many thanks also to all the former students who contributed in parts to the implemen- tation of this work: Andreas Eggenberger, Michael Kaufmann, Dominik auf der Maur, Felix Jost, Jörg Finger, Daniel Bielser, Tobias Strasser, Patrick Pfister, Stavros Antifakos, Thomas Ammann, Reto Schorno and Renato Brunella. Many thanks to my brother Christoph, Stefan Wengi, Harry Walther and Bruno Kaiser for careful proof-reading of parts of this thesis. Further on, my special thanks goes to all the members of our cooperation partner the former IT Camp of UBS AG, Basel. Especially, I appreciate the critical but always con- structive feedback from Martin Huber. Also, many thanks to Ming Hao of HP Laborato- ries in Palo Alto. She offered me an internship at HP Labs during 1998, which can - from today’s point of view - not only be denoted as a worthwhile, but also as a personally trend- setting experience.
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