Stott, J.M. and Rodgers, Peter and Burkhard, R.A. and Meier, M. and Smis, M.
Automatic Layout of Project Plans Using a Metro Map Metaphor.
In: Banissi, Ebad, ed.
Ninth International Conference on Information Visualisation, 06-08 July 2005, London, England: proceedings.
We describe a system to automatically generate metro maps using a multicriteria approach. We have implemented a hill climbing optimizer which uses a fitness score generated from a sum of several aesthetic metrics. This is used to move from the initial geographic layout of the map to a schematic layout that is intended to aid travellers navigation. We describe the software and show its application to a number of real world metro maps.
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