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Eric J. Griffith, M.Sc.Eric's Picture
Ph.D. Student
Visualization of Cumulus Clouds in Virtual Reality
Data Visualization Group
Delft University of Technology
Curriculum Vitae


I am a Ph.D. student at Delft University of Technology. I am in the Data Visualization group, which is a sub-group of the Computer Graphics and CAD/CAM group in the Mediamatics department in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI). My advisor is Professor Frits Post. Michal Koutek also supervises me. I also work closely with Gerwin de Haan. I collaborate with Thijs Heus and Professor Harm Jonker from TNW. I've also supervised Dylan Dussel.

I started my Ph.D. project in August of 2004. My research focuses on visualization of large, time-dependent data sets in virtual reality. Specifically, I am working with the results of Large Eddy Simulations (LES) of fairweather cumulus clouds. My project is a joint project with the Faculty of TNW (Applied Sciences), which is responsible for the simulations.

I am also interested in routing and control algorithms for digital microfluidic systems (DMFS). I collaborate with Professor Srinivas Akella from RPI on this subject.


My project is entitled "Visualization of Cumulus Clouds in Virtual Reality". It is a joint project between the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (EWI) and the Faculty of Applied Sciences (TNW). The two Ph.D. students involved are myself and Thijs Heus, under the advisement of Frits Post and Harm Jonker, respectively. Michal Koutek also has a supervisory role in the project. Funding for the project has been provided by the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute.

The project description is as follows:

Accurate numerical simulation of cumulus clouds is a highly challenging topic in atmospheric research. Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) can help to resolve important research questions on cloud dynamics, cloud mixing phenomena, and precipitation. In order to fully exploit the richness of the huge 3D time evolving data sets obtained from LES, advanced data exploration and visualization tools are crucial. Virtual reality (VR) environments offer excellent opportunities. Preliminary tests on a virtual workbench have shown the feasibility of visualizing an evolving 3D cumulus cloud field, allowing interactive examination and virtual experimentation.

In this multidisciplinary project we will further develop these ideas, and aim at development of a generic tool for interactive analysis of atmospheric simulation data. This includes the design of virtual environments for large time-varying data sets, for visualization of cloud morphology, atmospheric motion patterns, and a number of volumetric data quantities. A range of interactive techniques and scenarios will be developed to support this. Special attention will be given to facilities for comparative data visualization, the extraction of features and temporal events, and for testing specific hypotheses about the data.








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Eric Griffith Mail: Delft University of Technology
E-mail: E.J.Griffith@tudelft.nl P.O. Box 5031
Office: HB 12.030 2600 GA Delft
Phone: +31 (0)15 27 85115 The Netherlands
Fax: +31 (0)15 27 87141 Web: visualization.tudelft.nl/~eric