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SFB-TRR 161

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.

News

June 2024

June 11, 2024
ETRA Best Short Paper Honorable Mention

Paper from Project B01 wins award at ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications
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May

May 24, 2024
SFB-TRR 161 Project Leaders Successful in the 10th Edition of the Research.com Best Scientists Ranking

Professors from Konstanz, Munich, and Stuttgart among the top 10 % in the field of computer science
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May 13, 2024
SFB-TRR 161 Researchers at CHI 2024

Several presentations and one award at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
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SFB-TRR 161 Events

Jun 24h, 2024, 4 pm

University of Stuttgart and Online

Talk | The Future of User Interfaces for AR/VR/XR


Held by:

Prof. Bruce Thomas, University of South Australia


Abstract
:
User interfaces are the boundary between humans and immersive technologies. These user interfaces incorporate the visual presentation of information, virtual controls for the applications, and physical devices to enhance users' abilities to build a mental model that blends the physical world and the virtual world created for them. This is a very difficult problem to solve. Many smart scientists have investigated this problem for decades. This talk will investigate this research from the point of view of where we came from, where we are at the current moment, and possible future directions we could go. Part of this journey is a discussion of why this is a difficult problem. AR/VR/XR user interfaces are more difficult to design than traditional 2D desktops and handheld devices. While this user interfaces research is challenging, it is quite rewarding.

Bio:
Professor Thomas is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia. His current research interests include the following: user interfaces, augmented reality, virtual reality, visualisation, wearable computers, CSCW, tabletop display interfaces, and the use of cognitive psychology in virtual environments research. He has served in many roles for the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, IEEE Virtual Reality, and IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, including program chair, general chair and on the steering committee. He also founded the ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces Conference (formerly IEEE Tabletop). He was awarded the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) 20-Year Impact Award. Prof. Thomas' academic qualifications include the following: a BA in Physics from George Washington University, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Computer Science from Flinders University. Prof. Thomas has over 350 publications and has been cited over 12100 times.


Location:

University of Stuttgart, VISUS, Room 00.012

The talk will be available via Webex.
Webex Link
Meeting number: 2780 035 6761
Meeting password: JTjta2mQe96


Jun 28th, 2024, 2 pm - 4 pm

University of Stuttgart and Online

WS | Hybrid User Study (for Doctoral Researchers)


Held by:

Prof. Bruce Thomas, University of South Australia


Abstract
:

Part 1: 20-30 minutes introduction/talk by Bruce Thomas on user evaluation beyond time and error measures.
Part 2: Students present their own study, and then they are jointly discussed with Bruce Thomas (10-20 minutes).

Bio:
Professor Thomas is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia. His current research interests include the following: user interfaces, augmented reality, virtual reality, visualisation, wearable computers, CSCW, tabletop display interfaces, and the use of cognitive psychology in virtual environments research. He has served in many roles for the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, IEEE Virtual Reality, and IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, including program chair, general chair and on the steering committee. He also founded the ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces Conference (formerly IEEE Tabletop). He was awarded the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC) 20-Year Impact Award. Prof. Thomas' academic qualifications include the following: a BA in Physics from George Washington University, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Computer Science from Flinders University. Prof. Thomas has over 350 publications and has been cited over 12100 times.

Registration:

Please register via the following Link until Monday, June 24th, 2024


Location:

University of Stuttgart, VISUS, Room 00.012

The talk will be available via Webex.
Webex Link
Meeting number: 2733 624 6045
Meeting password: C3TkPusN6S4


Jul 4th, 2024, full day

LMU Munich

3rd Workshop on Women* in Computing: Let’s talk about money – What are you worth, what job pays off, and how can you fund your dreams?

In this half-day workshop, we focus on the financial aspects that play a role during a career in computing, with reflections on gender equality and diversity. We have invited a selected number of successful researchers from industry and academia who will take the stage to share their perspectives and unique insights into their careers and research domains. With this event, we aim to foster mentorship in career development for young (female) researchers by establishing and strengthening a network of Women* in Computing.

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Jul 22nd-24th, 2024, full day

University of Konstanz

PROGRAMMIERKURS für Schülerinnen ab Klasse 7 | Computergrafik mit Processing

 

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Nov 5th, 2024, 9 am - 12 pm

Online

WS | Inclusive Leadership Training (for PLs, postdoctoral and doctoral researchers)

Held by:

Dr. Susanne Hamscha, factor-D Diversity Consulting GmbH

Abstract:

Leading a diverse research team successfully can be a challenge at first. Inclusive leaders express appreciation and trust to grow, in order to strengthen collaboration and to use the diversity (of perspectives) in their teams effectively– because an inclusive work environment promotes creativity, innovation and productivity.
Based on an anti-bias approach, the offered Inclusive Leadership Training guides participants to fulfil their role as leaders more consciously. The workshop focuses around the following topics:
•    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI): Definition and dimensions as well as barriers to implementation
•    Unconscious biases: examples (aha effects)
•    Unconscious bias as a barrier to an inclusive culture, with special consideration of the university context
•    Characteristics of an inclusive culture and principles of an inclusive leadership style
•    Strategies, tools and options for inclusive leaders
•    Personal implementation plan: What will I take away? What will I implement or change?

The workshop is designed to be interactive and includes a mix of theoretical input, discussion, individual and group exercises.

Bio:
Dr Susanne Hamscha holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and is a certified Diversity Trainer.  She is an expert for the implementation of diversity strategies in higher education, science and research. Moreover, she has extensive experience in research, publishing and teaching at several universities in Germany, Austria and the USA. 

Registration:

Please register via email to elisabeth.hutter@uni-konstanz.de

Location:
The talk will be available online. The link will be provided to the participants.


Further Information & Resources

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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.



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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.


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