Prof. Dr. Jürgen Döllner
Amir Semmo



Tel.: +49-(0)331 5509-3909
Fax: +49-(0)331 5509-172
Room: H-2.26
Email: amir.semmo(at)hpi.de

Research Interests

Non-Photorealistic Rendering (NPR)
Real-Time Rendering & Shading
Computational Aesthetics
Cartographic Design
Virtual 3D City Models


Evaluating the Perceptual Impact of Rendering Techniques on Thematic Color Mappings in 3D Virtual Environments

Engel, Juri; Semmo, Amir; Trapp, Matthias; Döllner, Jürgen in Proceedings of 18th International Workshop on Vision, Modeling and Visualization (VMV 2013) Michael Bronstein, Jean Favre; Hormann, Kai ( Eds. ), page 25-32 . The Eurographics Association , 2013 .

Using colors for thematic mapping is a fundamental approach in visualization, and has become essential for 3D virtual environments to effectively communicate multidimensional, thematic information. Preserving depth cues within these environments to emphasize spatial relations between geospatial features remains an important issue.A variety of rendering techniques have been developed to preserve depth cues in 3D information visualization, including shading, global illumination, and image stylization. However, these techniques alter color values, which may lead to ambiguity in a color mapping and loss of information. Depending on the applied rendering techniques and color mapping, this loss should be reduced while still preserving depth cues when communicating thematic information. This paper presents the results of a quantitative and qualitative user study that evaluates the impact of rendering techniques on information and spatial perception when using visualization of thematic data in 3D virtual environments. We report the results of this study with respect to four perception-related tasks, showing significant differences in error rate and task completion time for different rendering techniques and color mappings.
Further Information
Editor(s) Michael Bronstein, Jean Favre; Hormann, Kai
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  • An Interaction Framework for Level-of-Abstraction Visualization of 3D Geovirtual Environments - held at ACM SIGSPATIAL MapInteract 2014, Dallas, TX - USA (11/2014)
  • Image Filtering for Interactive Level-of-Abstraction Visualization of 3D Scenes - held at Expressive 2014, Vancouver - Canada (08/2014)
  • Evaluating the Perceptual Impact of Rendering Techniques on Thematic Color Mappings in 3D Virtual Environments - held at VMV 2013, Lugano - Switzerland (09/2013)
  • Real-Time Rendering of Water Surfaces with Cartography-Oriented Design - held at Expressive 2013, Anaheim, CA - USA (07/2013)
  • Cartography-Oriented Visualization of Virtual 3D City Models based on Level-of-Abstraction Transitions - held at HPI Research School, Potsdam - Germany (06/2012)
  • Interactive Visualization of Generalized Virtual 3D City Models using Level-of-Abstraction Transitions - held at EuroVis 2012, Vienna - Austria (06/2012)
  • Colonia3D - held at Kultur und Informatik Conference, Berlin - Germany (05/2011)
  • Ansätze zur kartographischen Gestaltung von 3D-Stadtmodellen - held at 31. Wissenschaftlich-Technische Jahrestagung der DGPF, Mainz - Germany (04/2011)
  • Automated Image-Based Abstraction of Aerial Images - held at AGILE Conference, Guimarães - Portugal (05/2010)


  • SoSe 2014: Seminar Image & Video Processing
    (with Sebastian Pasewaldt, Matthias Trapp)
  • WiSe 2013/14: Seminar Geovisualization
    (with Rico Richter)
  • SoSe 2013: Graphics Programming with OpenGL and C++
    (with Daniel Limberger, Stefan Buschmann)
  • WiSe 2012/13: Computergrafik II
    (with Daniel Limberger, Jürgen Döllner)
  • SoSe 2012: Exercises for 3D-Computergrafik I
    (with Jan Eric Kyprianidis, Matthias Trapp)
  • WiSe 2011/12: Exercises for Computergrafik II
    (with Matthias Trapp, Christine Lehmann, Jan Eric Kyprianidis)
  • WiSe 2011/12: Seminar Real-Time Rendering Techniques
    (with Rico Richter, Juri Engel)


  • ACM SIGGRAPH (2014)
  • Eurographics Conference on Visualization / EuroVis (2014)
  • IEEE Pacific Visualization (2013)
  • International Journal of Geographical Information Science (2013)
  • The Visual Computer (2012)