Data Visualization for ESM and ELINT – Visualizing 3D and Hyper Dimensional Data


  1. Altoft, J.
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Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Altek Systems Inc. - Ottawa ON (CA)
The last decade has witnessed a massive shift in 3D (3 Dimensional) device technology from high end virtual reality labs into the consumer market. Up until a decade ago, a virtual reality headset with the computer to drive it would likely have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Today a capable PC (personal computer) equipped with a 3D graphics processor unit (GPU), 120Hz refresh rate LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitor, and a pair of LCD shutter glasses, costs around $2000 dollars. This project investigated 3D display technology and data visualization techniques for application to the ESM (Electronic Support Measures) and ELINT (electronic intelligence) domains. ESM and ELINT signal analysis are inherently complex and involve multi-dimensional analysis. The application of 3D graphic presentation to improve user comprehension of interim or final ESM signal analysis results was examined. This investigation examined both 3D representations presented in 2D and also true 3D visualization as is currently possible with modest Virtual Reality (VR) display systems.

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DRDC-OTTAWA-CR-2011-084 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 2011
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