MCVEs: Using cross-scale collaboration to support user interaction with multiscale structures

Xiaolong Zhang, George W. Furnas

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In this paper, a new type of interaction environment, the multiscale collaborative virtual environment (mCVE), is proposed to support multiple users working together at different scale levels. This paper introduces the concept of multiscale collaboration in the context of 3D virtual environments and describes the benefits of multiscale collaboration for understanding and managing large structures that present important features at different scale levels. After a discussion on the design and implementation of multiscale tools to support the visualization of structures, cross-scale information sharing, and cross-scale action, the paper presents an experimental study showing that cross-scale collaboration can improve user performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-46
Number of pages16
JournalPresence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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