Proceedings: GI 1997

A modelling method and user interface for creating plants

Oliver Deussen, Bernd Lintermann

Proceedings of Graphics Interface '97: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 21 - 23 May 1997, 189-197

DOI 10.20380/GI1997.22

  • BibTeX

      title = {A modelling method and user interface for creating plants},
      author = {Oliver Deussen and Bernd Lintermann},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the Graphics Interface 1997 Conference, May 21-23, 1997, Kelowna, BC, Canada},
      year = {1997},
      month = {May},
      pages = {189--197},
      url = {}


We present a modelling method and graphical user interface for the creation of natural branching structures such as plants. Structural and geometric information is encapsulated in objects that are combined to form a description of the model. The description is represented graphically as an icon tree and can be edited interactively.    Global and partial constraint techniques are integrated on the basis of tropisms and allow the modelling of specific shapes. We show examples to illustrate the design process and evaluate the user interface.