Monash University
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It’s a Wrap! Visualisations that Wrap Around Cylindrical, Toroidal, or Spherical Topologies

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posted on 2022-08-30, 01:30 authored by KUN-TING CHEN
Traditional visualisations are designed to be shown on a flat surface (screen or page) but most data is not “flat”. Examples include geographic maps, cyclical time series, and networks. This thesis explores a novel class of interactive wrapped data visualisations that continuously wrap around on a 2D projection of surfaces of 3D cylinder, torus, or sphere. For the first time we demonstrate that these interactive visualisations provide benefits for perception over traditional non-wrapped visualisations for geographic comprehension, trend identification, network cluster identification and pairwise value comparisons. We demonstrate that interactive wrapped visualisations are widely applicable to many different data types.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Tim Dwyer

Additional supervisor 1

Kim Marriott

Additional supervisor 2

Benjamin Bach

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Human Centred Computing


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Information Technology