Publications and Outreach


Video: Some MINERVA use cases to correlate various instruments’ data using MSL as an example


ESWT, June 5th 19 Torino

Presentation: PRo3D Rendering & 3D Analysis tool for instrument cooperation


MINERVA Presentation by JOANNEUM RESEARCH / G. Paar at the ExoMars
Science Working Team Meeting on June 7, 2019 at ALTEC in Turin


ASTRA 2019 
May 28-29th  ESA-ESTEC/Noordwijk /The Netherlands
Section: 4c – Robotics Frameworks


Thomas Ortner, Christoph Traxler, Harald Piringer, Laura Fritz, Maria Schimkowitsch, Gerhard Paar, Gerhard Triebnig, Fabian Schindler and Bernhard Nauschnegg

Abstract: Data products from planetary orbiter and rover missions are typically open access, however, it is often cumbersome to retrieve the data and data sources and modalities are different for each instrument. Derived products are even harder to come by, while analyses and annotations mostly are restricted to instrument teams or even individual scientists. MINERVA is a framework currently in development for the access and collaborative interpretation of planetary science data, including instrument products, analyses, and annotations. It shall allow members of different instrument teams to cooperate in virtual workspaces by sharing observations, and analyzing and annotating data in a collaborative fashion. Our framework comprises three components: an interactive 3D Viewer with 3D-GIS functionality, a database that maintains the knowledge about data products and their spatiotemporal context, and a visual analytics platform that shall help finding correlations between the data coming from different instruments to discover new modes of scientific exploitation.


European Planetary Science Congress 2018

Vol. 12, EPSC2018-147 (Abstract)

Mars INteractive Exploration based on Reconstruction and Visual Analysis: The MINERVA Concept

MINERVA is a 3D GIS currently under development by JR, VRVis and EOX for a collaborative, holistic planetary science data infrastructure to allow members of different instrument Teams to cooperate synergistically in virtual workspaces by sharing observation information, analysing and annotating the data. MINERVA is implementing a novel framework of interoperable and  collaborative components based on an interactive 3D Viewer with GIS functionality, a database that maintains the knowledge about spatiotemporal data products, and a visual analytics  platform that will help find new interconnections between the data coming from different  instruments to discover new modes of scientific exploitation. MINERVA will be usable for the  ExoMars Rover Mission (to be launched in 2020), which provides a heterogeneous set of  scientific data captured by different instruments from the surface of the Red Planet. We will present the MINERVA concept, discuss various use cases and give selected details on representative ExoMars workflows and available & envisaged technical Solutions.