Automatic annotation placement for interactive maps

Daniel Kaneider, Thomas Seifried, Michael Haller

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Abstract

Situation maps play an important role in planning and decision making in emergency response centers. Important information such as operating units or hazards is usually shown on these maps. Arranging the huge amount of in-formation can be challenging for operators, as this information should always be visible while not occluding im-portant regions of the underlying geographic map. As large interactive whiteboards are increasingly replacing tradition-al analog maps, new ways to assist with arranging information can be provided. In this paper, we present a new approach for placing annotations automatically on top of a map. For finding the optimal placement, our metrics are based on geographic features, on the users' sketched input, and on the annotations geometry itself. Moreover, we also added additional features to minimize occlusions for multiple annotations. First results were highly promising and showed that our approach improves input performance while keeping an optimal view of the map.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITS 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages61-70
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450322713
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 8th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2013 - St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Oct 20139 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameITS 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces

Conference

Conference2013 8th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CitySt. Andrews
Period06.10.201309.10.2013

Keywords

  • annotation placement
  • gis
  • large display
  • situation map

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