Research Mission

"With the SFB-TRR 161, we plan to establish quantification as a key ingredient of visual computing research.
We see quantification as a cornerstone to further advance visual computing as an established and maturing research field." / Prof. Daniel Weiskopf, Speaker of the SFB-TRR 161

Establishing the paradigm of quantitative science in visual computing will be a long-term endeavor requiring a fundamental research effort broadly covering four research areas: quantitative models and measures, adaptive algorithms, interaction, and applications. With this long-term perspective, we see several directions in which the proposed Collaborative Research Center will provide conceptual and tangible contributions, including conceptual metrics and models for quantification, new techniques and algorithms for visual computing, respective software, benchmark data that can be used for quantitative evaluation, and improved evaluation methodology.

Structure of the Program

Structure of the Program

Figure 1: Research Structure of the SFB-TRR 161.

Project Groups

The research program is structured in four project groups according to four umbrella research areas (see fig.1).

Research is mainly carried out in four Project Groups (A-D): Models and Measures (A), Adaptive Algorithms (B), Interaction (C), and Application (D).

These four larger Project Groups are subdivided into 18 projects. 6 projects have already been successfully completed.

Task Forces

In addition, two task forces facilitate joint research on themes that are “orthogonal” to the project groups and involve the overall goals of the proposed Collaborative Research Center: the consideration of aspects related to quality, generative data models, data handling, and replication (Datasets, Benchmarks, and Replication); and user-oriented testing methodologies, which provide the basis for many user studies required by projects from all project groups for evaluation and user-oriented data collection (User Testing).


All SFB-TRR 161 Projects


Completed Projects

Institutions and People

Fig. 2: SFB-TRR 161 Institutions and People.

The transregional Collaborative Research Center 161 (SFB-TRR 161) is an interdisciplinary research center of the University of Stuttgart, University of Konstanz, Ulm University, and the LMU Munich.

In the SFB-TRR 161, around 40 scientists in the fields of computer science, visualization, computer vision, human computer interaction, linguistics, and applied psychology are working together to improve the quality of future visual computing methods. It is funded by the DFG.


People of the SFB-TRR 161

Project Group A

Models and Measures




Project Group B

Adaptive Algorithms




Project Group C





Project Group D