Automated Visual Discourse Synthesis: Coherence, Versatility, and Interactivity

Michelle X. Zhou

Department of Computer Science
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We summarize the motivation, the approach, and the significance of a thesis that is concerned with automating the design of visual discourse. To synthesize effective visual discourse, three design criteria are used: coherence, versatility, and interactivity. The thesis focuses on finding comprehensive and systematic methodologies that meet these criteria, and on developing practical ways to implement visual discourse synthesis systems.


The research described in this overview is supported in part by DARPA Contract DAAL01-94-K-0119, the Columbia Univeristy Center for Advanced Technology in High Performance Computing and Communications in Healthcare (funded by the New York State Science and Technology Foundation), the Columbia Center for Telecommunications Research under NSF Grant ECD-88-11111, ONR Contract N00014-97-1-0838.

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