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 2023

February 10, 2023
Daniel Weiskopf Joins Editorial Board of TVCG as Associate Editor-in-Chief

Published by the IEEE Computer Society, TVCG is the top-tier journal in the field of visualization.
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February 8, 2023
Studentische Hilfskräfte (m/w/d) gesucht

Zur Unterstützung der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und des Wissenschaftsmanagements an unserem Standort in Stuttgart
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December 2022

December 14, 2022
SFB-TRR 161 Researchers Once Again in Top Range for Citations

In the most recent edition of the Stanford/Elsevier citation database, seven SFB-TRR 161 project leaders rank among the top 2% of researchers in their respective fields with regard to how frequently their publications were cited in 2021.
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SFB-TRR 161 Events

Upcoming Events


Apr 27, 2023, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Visualization Research Center, University of Stuttgart

Girls' Day Workshop „Art meets Computer Science. Code your own piece of art

For the Girls' Day 2023, the SFB-TRR 161 and the SFB 1313 "Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media – Flow, Transport and Deformation" offer the following coding workshop at the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS):

Art meets Computer Science. Code your own Piece of Art

You want to dive into the world of computer science and learn how to program yourself? We will give you the necessary jump-start. In our workshop you can program your own piece of art.  We'll teach you the basics of JavaScript and then you can start to create your own personal artwork. There are no design limits.

During the workshop there will be a coding quiz where you can test your knowledge and win a prize at the end!

Prior programming knowledge is not mandatory for our coding course. You will get all the important information via mail before and during the workshop. There are also very nice helpers available to look over your shoulder and support you during coding. Of course, you can also ask us all your questions about studying computer science and find out everything about living and working on campus.

 We are looking forward to code with you!

Registration: https://www.girls-day.de/@/Show/universitaet-stuttgart/stuttgart/kunst-trifft-informatik-programmiere-dein-eigenes-kunstwerk-klasse-9-10 

May 13th, 2023, 1-7 pm

Visualization Research Center, University of Stuttgart

Participation in 'Tag der Wissenschaft' - 'Science Day'

The University of Stuttgart's Science Day takes place on May 13, 2023. Together with the SFB 1313 "Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media – Flow, Transport and Deformation" and the Visualization Research Center (VISUS), the SFB-TRR 161 will give insights into the world of visualization research. Visitors are invited to discover how visualizations can help to extract the relevant information from data and how they make visible what would otherwise remain hidden.

A detailed program will be available soon.

May 22nd - 23rd, 2023, full day

Hotel St. Elisabeth, Hegne

Internal Status Seminar of the SFB-TRR 161

Jun 11th, 2023, full day

Leipzig, Leipziger KUBUS

SFB-TRR 161 Conference

Co-located with EuroVIS 2023

Keynote Speakers:

Marc Ernst, Chair of Applied Cognitive Psychology, Ulm University

Gudrun Klinker, Professor for Augmented Reality, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Zhi Li, Manager Video Codecs and Quality, Netflix, Los Gatos, CA, USA

Melanie Tory, Professor of the Practice and Director of Data Visualization, Khourgy College of Computer Science, Northeastern University, Portland, ME, USA



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.

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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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