Prof. Dr. Jürgen Döllner

Sebastian Pasewaldt

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E-Mail: sebastian.pasewaldt@hpi.de

Research interests

  • 3D virtual city and landscape models
  • Interactive map-like 3D representations
  • Non-linear projections
  • Cognitive processing of 3D city models


Multi-Perspective 3D Panoramas

Pasewaldt, Sebastian; Semmo, Amir; Trapp, Matthias; Döllner, Jürgen in International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS) 2014 .

This article presents multi-perspective 3D panoramas that focus on visualizing 3D geovirtual environments (3D GeoVEs) for navigation and exploration tasks. Their key element, a multi-perspective view, seamlessly combines what is seen from multiple viewpoints into a single image. This approach facilitates thepresentation of information for virtual 3D city and landscape models, particularly by reducing occlusions, increasing screen-space utilization, and providing additional context within a single image. We complement multi-perspective views with cartographic visualization techniques to stylize features according to their semantics and highlight important or prioritized information. When combined, both techniques constitute the core implementation of interactive, multi-perspective 3D panoramas. They offer a large number of effective means for visual communication of 3D spatial information, a high degree of customization with respect to cartographic design, and manifold applications in different domains. We discuss design decisions of 3D panoramas for the exploration of and navigation in 3D GeoVEs. We also discuss a preliminary user study that indicates that 3D panoramas are a promising approach for navigation systems using 3D GeoVEs.
Further Information
Tags 3D_geovirtual_environments cartographic_design cgs focus+context_visualization multi-perspective_visualization panorama


  • "Multiscale Visualization of 3D Geovirtual Environments Using View-Dependent Multi-Perspective Views" at the WSCG 2011, Plzen - Czech Republic (02/2011)
  • "Multiscale, Multi-Perspective Visualization of 3D City Models in Immersive Environments" at the opening ceremony of the 3D Lab Golm, Potsdam - Germany (06/2011)
  • "Multiperspective Visualizations of 3D Geovirtual Environments" - Joint Workshop of the HPI Research School for "Service-Oriented Systems Engineering", Cape Town - South Africa (04/2012)
  • "Towards Comprehensible Digital 3D Maps" - Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping 2012 (SOMAP 2012), Vienna - Austria (11/2012)
  • "A Service-Oriented Platform for Interactive 3D Web Mapping" - Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping 2012 (SOMAP 2012), Vienna - Austria (11/2012)
  • "Towards Comprehensible Service-Based 3D Maps" - HPI Symposium@SAP, Walldorf - Germany (12/2012)
  • "Potentials of and Approaches for Multi-Perspective Visualization of 3D Spatial Models", GeoViz 2013, Hamburg - Germany (03/2013)

Teaching activities

Winter term 2010/11

  • lecture "Informationsvisualisierung (informationvisualization) " (tutor)
  • course "Advanced Visualizationtechniques" (tutor)
  • pupils academy (co-lecturer)

Summer term 2011

  • lecture "Geovisualization" (tutor)

Winter term 2011/12

  • course "Realtime Rendering" (tutor)
  • pupils academy (co-lecturer)

Summer term 2012

  • course "Algorithmic Geometry" (tutor)
  • course "Geovisualization Techniques" (tutor)

Winter term 2012/13

  • course "Game Programming" (tutor)
  • course "Concepts and Techniques for 3D Visualization"
  • pupils academy (co-lecturer)

Summer term 2013

  • lecture "Geovisualization" (co-lecturer)
  • lecture "Interfaces of Geoinformation and Geocommunication" (tutor)