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-one 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.

  • Paul Panek: WINTEC - Wissenschaftspreis Inklusion durch Naturwissenschaften und Technik 2019, 2nd place (together with Peter Mayer) / Austria / Website / Project / 2019
  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick: IFIP TC-13 Pioneer Award / Mitgliedschaft / 2019
  • Michael Wimmer: Interactive Visualization of Flood and Heavy Rain Simulations / Best Paper Award at EuroVis 2019 / Portugal / 2019
  • Michael Wimmer: Career / Fellow of the Eurographics Association / Switzerland / 2018
  • Astrid Weiss: SharedSpace / Richter-Programm / Austria / 2018
  • Paul Panek: iToilet - ICT-enhanced Toilet Supporting Active Life / AAL Exhibition Award 2017, 3rd Place, jointly with company Santis Kft. / European Union / Website / Project / 2017
  • Werner Purgathofer: Guest Professor / Hebei University of Technology / China / 2017
  • Theresia Gschwandtner: Visual Support for Rastering of Unequally Spaced Time Series / Best Short Paper Award / International Organization / 2017
  • Astrid Weiss: Junge Akademie / Mitgliedschaft / Austria / 2017
  • Werner Purgathofer: Eurographics Gold Medal / Eurographics Association / Switzerland / 2017
  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick: ACM Distinguished Scientist / Mitgliedschaft / 2016
  • Theresia Gschwandtner: Visually and Statistically Guided Imputation of Missing Values in Univariate Seasonal Time Series / Best VAST Poster Award / International Organization / 2015
  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick: ACM Distinguished Speaker series / Mitgliedschaft / 2015
  • Margit Pohl: UrbanFoodSpots / Austria / Website / Project / 2015
  • Eduard Gröller: Eurographics 2015 Outstanding Technical Contributions Award / Eurographics / Switzerland / 2015