ABSTRACT: Color mapping plays a critical role in visualization of time-varying data and also sets a challenge for researchers due to the consistency of mapping and great changes in time-varying data. In order to solve this problem and generate feature-prominent animation, we present a two phase optimization technique using bilateral filtering and global energy functions. In the first phase, for each time step, we use a weighted mapping function which combines linear mapping and feature histogram. In the second phase, an optimization function taking global color mapping and minimum color difference into consideration is designed. So users can clearly distinguish between data in variable time steps and easily understand the corresponding relationships between different structures. The experiments' results show that our method can achieve high quality visualization for both static and time-varying data.
Computer-Aided Design and Computer Graphics (CAD/Graphics), 2011 12th International Conference on; 10/2011