Collaborative Research Center


Quantitative Methods for Visual Computing

We are living in a data society in which data is generated at amazing speed; individuals, companies, organizations, and governments are on the brink of being drawn into a massive deluge of data. The great challenge is to extract the relevant information from vast amounts of data and communicate it effectively.

Typical scenarios include decision and policy making for urban and environmental planning or understanding relationships and dependencies in complex networks, e.g., social networks or networks from the field of bioinformatics. These scenarios are not only of interest to specialized experts; in fact, there is a trend toward including the broad public, which requires the information to be presented in a reliable, faithful, and easy-to-understand fashion.

Visual computing can play a key role in extracting and presenting the relevant information.

In visual computing research the aspect of quantification is often neglected. The SFB-TRR 161 seeks to close this gap.

The long-term goal is to strengthen the research field by establishing the paradigm of quantitative science in visual computing.


February 2024

February 5, 2024
Exhibition "YOUTOPIA" Wins Transfer Award of the University of Konstanz Society

Falk Schreiber and Harald Reiterer are among the project members who were honored for the commitment to the dialogue between science and society
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January 25, 2024
Albrecht Schmidt Named as a 2023 ACM Fellow

Project leader of SFB-TRR 161 project C06 honored for his transformative contributions to computing science and technology
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December 2023

December 21, 2023
SFB-TRR 161 in the 2024 DFG Photo Calendar

Project A08 contributes collage of artwork created with dimensionality reduction techniques
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SFB-TRR 161 Events

Upcoming Events


Apr 11th - 12th, 2024, full days

Burg Rothenfels

Doctoral Retreat of the SFB-TRR 161

Jun 3rd - 4th, 2024, full days
Tagungszentrum Blaubeuren

Internal Status Seminar of the SFB-TRR 161



Further Information & Resources


The SFB-TRR 161 produces videos to give insights into the projects and the ongoing research. Please visit our YouTube Channel.

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Graduate School

Graduate School

PhD students of the projects at the Universities of Stuttgart and Konstanz learn and do research together on their way to their doctoral degree in visual computing.

Graduate School

Visual Computing Blog

Visual Computing Blog

The scientists of the SFB-TRR 161 as well as guest authors blog about their activities in computer graphics, visualization, computer vision, augmented reality, human-computer interaction, and psychology.

Visual Computing BLOG

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