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While popular as a visual interface, current interactive 3-D environments are often times painstakingly created by hand, making it difficult to mass-produce custom environments quickly.  To address these issues, researchers at HP Labs have developed virtual environment design automation or VEDA.  VEDA is a powerful 3-D interface for information exploration and interaction.  Unlike traditional 3-D interfaces, the layouts are automatically organized and designed in real-time based on prespecified design rules, metadata, and user preferences.  It provides a pleasant, intuitive, responsive, and customizable environment that gives users a lot of freedom without feeling overwhelmed.  It promotes the concept of visual discovery and browsing, in contrast to today's hyperlink-based web pages.  Furthermore, VEDA employs efficient rendering algorithms for real-time interaction.  It also forms a natural framework to seamlessly integrate rich media together into a single coherent environment with numerous applications in e-commerce and beyond.

For more technical details, please refer to the following paper:

N. L. Chang and A. Said, "Automatically Designed 3D Environments for Intuitive Exploration," IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), Taipei, Taiwan, June 2004.  A longer version appears as HP Labs Technical Report HPL-2003-92, April 2003 (pdf download).


For more information about the technology, please contact Nelson Chang (nelson.chang @ hp.com) at Imaging Technology Dept., HP Labs.

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