TU Wien Informatics

Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology

Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology investigates the design and development of key technologies in the areas of computer vision, computer graphics, visualization, augmented/mixed/virtual reality, and human-computer interaction.

Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology

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Research Topics

  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Visualization and Visual Analytics
  • Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality
  • Media Analysis and Retrieval
  • Human-computer Interaction, Design and Socially Embedded Computing
  • Assistive Technologies and Ubiquitous Computing

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Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology investigates the design and development of key technologies in the areas of computer vision, computer graphics, visualization, augmented/mixed/virtual reality, and human-computer interaction.

Topics include visual methods in the computational sciences (computer graphics and computer vision) including modeling, image analysis and synthesis, photorealistic rendering, real-time rendering, visualization of large data sets, processing of sensor data as well as the recognition of contained patterns and structures.

Further topics are socio-technical systems, mobile and ubiquitous technologies, people-centered design and evaluation, as well as ethics and responsible research and innovation. Application examples include: biological image analysis, visual surveillance, 3D reconstruction, bioinformatics, content-based multimodal retrieval, smart cities/IoT, assistive technologies, ambient-assisted living, games, healthcare, health and wellbeing, and collaboration. Furthermore, the research focus deals with interaction in these environments, where the emphasis is on designing “technologies for people” and using innovative, multimodal interfaces, which combine computer-based intelligence with cyber-physical settings.

Research topics in this respect include the development of interaction designs (especially for collaborative applications) together with the corresponding evaluation techniques. Central to VC+HCT’s innovative approach to digital technology is the multi-disciplinary combination of technical expertise with creative design and a people oriented perspective.

Research Units

Six of the faculty’s twenty-two research units are primarily focused on topics related to Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology. Visit their pages to learn about current projects, publications, courses, and the people involved.

Below is a small selection of recent research activities related to Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology. To learn more, visit the pages of the research units listed above.

  • Silvia Miksch: Bridging the Gap between Visual Analytics and Digital Humanities: Beyond the Data-Users-Tasks Design Triangle
    2019 / Best Paper Award at VIS workshop vis4dh (IEEE VIS Conference) / USA / Website
  • Peter Mayer: WINTEC - Wissenschaftspreis Inklusion durch Naturwissenschaften und Technik 2019, 2nd place (together with Paul Panek)
    2019 / Austria / Website / Project
  • Paul Panek: WINTEC - Wissenschaftspreis Inklusion durch Naturwissenschaften und Technik 2019, 2nd place (together with Peter Mayer)
    2019 / Austria / Website / Project
  • Silvia Miksch: The Fabric of Heroes: an Infographic about Marvel Cinematic Universe
    2019 / Third prize winner at International Symposium on Graph Drawing and Network Visualization Creative Topic Challenge, Contest / Czech Republic / Website
  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick: IFIP TC-13 Pioneer Award
    2019 / Mitgliedschaft
  • Michael Wimmer: Interactive Visualization of Flood and Heavy Rain Simulations
    2019 / Best Paper Award at EuroVis 2019 / Portugal
  • Silvia Miksch: The Circle Of Thrones: Conveying the Story of Game of Thrones Using Radial Infographics
    2018 / Third prize winner at International Symposium on Graph Drawing and Network Visualization Creative Topic Challenge, Contest / Spain / Website
  • Michael Wimmer: Career
    2018 / Fellow of the Eurographics Association / Switzerland
  • Astrid Weiss: SharedSpace
    2018 / Richter-Programm / Austria
  • Paul Panek: iToilet - ICT-enhanced Toilet Supporting Active Life
    2017 / AAL Exhibition Award 2017, 3rd Place, jointly with company Santis Kft. / European Union / Website / Project
  • Werner Purgathofer: Guest Professor
    2017 / Hebei University of Technology / China
  • Astrid Weiss: Junge Akademie
    2017 / Mitgliedschaft / Austria
  • Werner Purgathofer: Eurographics Gold Medal
    2017 / Eurographics Association / Switzerland
  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick: ACM Distinguished Scientist
    2016 / Mitgliedschaft
  • Silvia Miksch: Visually and Statistically Guided Imputation of Missing Values in Univariate Seasonal Time Series
    2015 / Best Poster Award at IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) / USA