August 23, 2016;
Female computer scientists are rare. Although that discipline has a lot of potential for the
future, women often hesitate to start an academic career in this field. The SFB-TRR 161 pursues the
goal to support women working in the field of visual computing. By creating role models and good
working conditions we want to win young girls for computer science. In this context we send
excellent female visual computing scientists abroad. That gives them the possibility to get in
contact with the international community and to meet people working on similar or neighbouring
topics. Thereby they win new insights and impulses for their own activities.
In June the SFB-TRR 161 sent a first women –
Blascheck from the
Institute for Visualization and
Interactive Systems of the
University of Stuttgart – to Canada.
Until the end of October she is now working at the Interactions Lab of the
University of Calgary in the
InnoVis group of
Sheelagh Carpendale, an
artist and computer scientist in the field of Information Visualization and Human-Computer
The next step in this regard is already planned:
group (Project D02) of the
University of Konstanz will be the next
woman going abroad. She will travel to Iceland, where she is going to stay three weeks at the
University Centre of the Westfjords.