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.


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 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


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.


Jun 19th, 2024, 9 am - 4.30 pm

Online via Zoom

WS | Career Development (for Female Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers)

Held by:

Dr. Neele Enke, Scienza


I have a doctorate and now what? Many academics ask themselves this question during the qualification phase.
How can I stay in academia?
What are the requirements for academic careers (in Germany)? 

The workshop supports participants in developing their individual qualification profile and creating a list of criteria from their personal values, preferences and skills that outlines their professional vision. Based on the qualification profile and list of criteria, you will define steps on the way to your next professional station. The identity as a professional scientist (and other professional roles) is also shaped by origin- and gender-specific expectations - this is also a topic of the seminar in order to enable the participants to strengthen their individual career-related self-efficacy.
The seminar is intended as an aid to consciously planning a career in science in particular, but also provides suggestions for the way out and for a "Plan B".
The aim of the workshop is not to provide a patent remedy for "successful careers", but to support the participants' individual career planning. In addition to imparting knowledge, there is above all room for reflection and systematically guided development of ideas and their gradual, concrete implementation.

- Coach, mediator, PhD in biology
- Studied biology and several semesters of economics in Marburg an der Lahn
- Diploma in biology
- PhD in biology at Freie Universität, Berlin
- 10 years conducting various research projects, teaching, co-ordinating projects and fostering junior staff
- Work and research in various universities and research institutes in Germany, France, Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic.
- Attendance of training courses for coaching, mediation, intercultural competence, diversity management, systemic organisational development
- Freelance consultant for staff at universities and research institutes since 2011
- Member of the Coaching Network for Science (Board Member 2017-2024), active involvement in the professional association Gender Diversity and the Federal Association for Mediation as well as in the ProFiL-Netzwerkverein (Professionalisation of women in research and teaching)


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

The talk will be available via Zoom. The link will be provided to the participants.

Jul 22nd-24th, 2024, full day

University of Konstanz

PROGRAMMIERKURS für Schülerinnen ab Klasse 7 | Computergrafik mit Processing



Nov 5th, 2024, 9 am - 12 pm


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

Held by:

Dr. Susanne Hamscha, factor-D Diversity Consulting GmbH


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.

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. 


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

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

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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