Lecture Series

The lecture series is organized every winter term with international speakers. The talks are aimed at covering the whole spectrum of visual computing and discussing the relevance of quantification. Electronic communication is used to allow for cross-site participation without need for traveling.

Research Seminar

The research seminars are organized during the summer term. Usually, seminars are designed for 8–12 participating doctoral researchers and focus on common topics related to the research conducted in the SFB-TRR 161, e.g., user studies. Electronic communication is used to allow cross-site participation without need for traveling.


Doctoral Retreat

The study program is complemented by networking and direct collaboration between doctoral researchers. The doctoral researchers’ retreat is an annual 2-day meeting intended to foster such interdisciplinary collaboration. This meeting provides doctoral researchers with the opportunity to present and critically discuss their research projects, progress, and methods among each other.

Next Doctoral Retreat

April 10 - 12 | Burg Rothenfels, Rothenfels




Past Doctoral Retreats

June 30-July 01| Villa Prym, Lake Constance

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November 16-17|  Evangelische Tagungsstätte Löwenstein

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November 26 | Online

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CANCELLED - May 4–6 | Kloster Kirchberg (Sulz am Neckar)

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April 4–6 | Waldhotel Zollernblick (Freudenstadt)

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September 4–6 | Waldhotel Zollernblick (Freudenstadt)

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February 10–12 | Austria, Söllerhaus (Kleinwalsertal)

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July 18–20 | Waldhotel Zollernblick (Freudenstadt)

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Workshops and Seminars

Doctoral researchers in the graduate school are encouraged to apply for funding to organize their own workshops and seminars. These may also include courses such as research seminars or seminars on interdisciplinary topics. The organization of such events enhances organizational skills of doctoral researchers and help them to build additional contacts to other researchers in their area of expertise.

Summer Schools

To advance interdisciplinary networking and to broaden the scientific horizon of PhD students in the field of visual computing, the SFB-TRR 161 graduates organized a Summer School seminar in 2016:

Quantifying User-centered Experiences (QUE-2016)

July 2–6, 2016 | University of Stuttgart