Content Aggregation; Visualization and Emergent Properties in Computer Simulations

Gordana Dodig Crnkovic
School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Computer Science Laboratory, Mälardalen University, Sweden

Juan M. Duran
SimTech, Universität Stuttgart, Deutschland \ University of Córdoba, Argentina

Davor Slutej
ABB, Sweden \ Mälardalen University, Sweden

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Ingår i: Proceedings of SIGRAD 2010

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 52:13, s. 77-83

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Publicerad: 2010-11-29

ISBN: 978-91-7393-281-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


With the rapidly growing amounts of information; visualization is becoming increasingly important; as it allows users to easily explore and understand large amounts of information. However the field of information visualization currently lacks sufficient theoretical foundations. This article addresses foundational questions connecting information visualization with computing and philosophy studies. The idea of multiscale information granulation is described based on two fundamental concepts: information (structure) and computation (process). A new information processing paradigm of Granular Computing enables stepwise increase of granulation/aggregation of information on different levels of resolution; which makes possible dynamical viewing of data. Information produced by Google Earth is an illustration of visualization based on clustering (granulation) of information on a succession of layers. Depending on level; specific emergent properties become visible as a result of different ways of aggregation of data/information. As information visualization ultimately aims at amplifying cognition; we discuss the process of simulation and emulation in relation to cognition; and in particular visual cognition.


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