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.


September 2022

September 26, 2022
Visual Computer Second Best Paper Award for "Local Bilinear Computation of Jacobi Sets"

SFB-TRR 161 researchers receive award at the Computer Graphics International (CGI2022) conference.
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September 8, 2022
Freie BOGY-Plätze in Stuttgart

Im Schülerpraktikum die Welt der Forschung entdecken.
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June 3, 2022
Humbolt Research Award Recipient Hans Gellersen to Cooperate with SFB-TRR 161 Project Leader Andreas Bulling

Collaboration will center on advances in gaze-based human-computer interaction.
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SFB-TRR 161 Events

Upcoming Events


Oct 5th-6th, 2022
University of Konstanz

WS 'Out with it!' - Training for voice, speech, body language for female scientists

Held by:

Katharina Padleschat, Coach for voice, speech and body language

You are qualified and competent – and your audience should hear it, see it and feel it.
People with trained voices, elocution and good body awareness lift themselves up from the masses and have a clear competitive advantage.
To leave the impression you wish – in lectures, presentations, interviews and meetings – it is necessary to know how to perform professional and genuine and very useful to be in control of your own „instrument".
In this workshop you gain a good basic-knowledge about voice, speech and body language, practical experiences and always individual feedback – to feel more confident and safe in future communication-situations of all kinds.

Main topics and tools:

  • Theory of voice and body language
  • Professional, natural breathing technique for speaking
  • How can you take control of your voice and even play with it?
  • Leave the impression you want
  • Tuning mind set towards role and mission
  • Professional steering of ones performance in teaching, discussion, presentation
  • Dealing with dominance, reacting calmly and self-confidently
  • Increase presence and charisma
  • Practical exercises: individual / partner / small group, and camera feedback
  • Learning by doing – with „head, heart and guts“

As a follow-up every participant may book an individual coaching session (online) with Katharina Padleschat.

Katharina Padleschat studied acting, singing and dancing, taught for many years and “moved the actors across the stage” as a choreographer in theatres, so she intensively dealt with the topic of body language and effect. In addition, she often worked in recording studios as a speaker. She learned from excellent teachers what it means to deal professionally with the voice, speaking and breathing, e.g. from K. Buchali, S. Haeberlein, T. Strauch, U. Schürmann, lecturers from Roy Hart - Human Voice, D. Prawzik and last but not least with her father, Wolf Martienzen. In addition, she dealt with various speech training methods as well as breathing and singing techniques. From this she has developed her own methodology over the years.
In individual coaching or in seminars, she trains people from a wide variety of industries, including management, science, journalism, education, show business, management consulting, sales and healthcare.

Please register until September 28th, 2022 via e-mail to Marie-Claire Kabengele from the equal opportunity office in Konstanz

Jul 28th, 2022, 10 am - 4 pm    POSTPONED TO A NEW DATE IN WS 2022/23
K7, University of Konstanz

WS Leading Successfully Despite Bias

Held by:

Dr. Sebastian Tillmann, Coordinator for Diversity in Science, University of Konstanz
and Marie-Claire Kabengele, Research Associate, University of Konstanz

Abstract:Project leaders are in a powerful position to influence both working groups and organizations. They are also faced with several challenges: To deal with the influence of interpersonal power on decision making, the influence of informational and cognitive biases as well as the lack or the overabundance of information, just to name three. In this training participants will:
-    Gain an overview of how human rationality and decision making is influenced by certain biases and learn approaches to minimize this influence.
-    Learn about the influence of interpersonal power on decision making and perception as well as problems of collective decision making.
-    Discuss “typical” gender and diversity challenges and exchange experiences with outer participating leaders as well as design first steps to address these challenges.

Dr. Sebastian Tillman is diversity coordinator at the University of Konstanz with a background in social psychology and organizational behaviour with focuses on leadership, team cognitive processes and diversity.
Marie-Claire Kabengele is research associate and PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology at the University of Konstanz and focuses on risk behaviour, social-psychological interventions and research on female leadership.

Oct 25, 2022, full day
University of Stuttgart

Workshop | Women* in Computing

In this one-day workshop, we highlight the research opportunities and career paths for excellent female researchers in the field of visual computing and human-computer interaction. Our aim is to empower early-career female researchers through networking with successful examples from industry and academia. This is considered a mentorship event to train younger researchers. Workshop website

Tentative Agenda

13:00–13:40  Opening and Flash Introductions
13:40–15:00  Opportunities in Academia
15:00–15:30  Coffee Break
15:30–17:00  Opportunities in Industry
17:00–18:00  Group Activities
18:00–19:30  Social Event & Dinner



The workshop is aimed at young researchers in the TRR 161 network and beyond. Information on the registration will follow soon.


Organising Team

Passant Elagroudy: She is a post-doctoral researcher at LMU Munich. Her research focuses on personal informatics and human augmentation.

Fiona Draxler: She is a PhD student at LMU Munich. Her research focuses on mobile learning with Augmented Reality and contextual content generation.

Katrin Angerbauer: She is a PhD student at the University of Stuttgart. Her research focuses on accessibility and assistive technology.

Kathrin Lichius: She is a PhD student at the University of Stuttgart and Wilhelm Büchner Hoschschule. Her research focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tiare Feuchtner: She is an Assistant Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Konstanz. Her research focuses on virtual user representations and embodied interactions in mixed reality.

Albrecht Schmidt: He is a professor at LMU Munich. His research focuses on human-computer interaction, media technology, and ubiquitous computing.

Daniel Weiskopf: He is a professor at the University of Stuttgart. His research focuses on visualization and visual analytics.

Alexander Brem: He is a professor at the University of Stuttgart. His research focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Nov 17th, 2022, full day
University of Konstanz

Internal TRR Meeting

Further information will be provided via email to all participants.

Dec 1st, 2022, full day
University of Stuttgart

Internal TRR Meeting - Rehearsal

Further information will be provided via email to all participants.

Dec 8th - 9th, 2022, full days
University of Stuttgart

DFG - Assessment

Further information will be provided via email to all 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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