USTUTT (Universität Stuttgart)


ustutThe University of Stuttgart is a research university in the state of Baden-Württemberg in the south-west of Germany. It is well known for its excellence in research and teaching in a variety of technical fields, including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. The Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) and the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS) with its 5 professors and about 50 researchers are internationally renowned for their excellence in research and development in the areas of visualization, computer graphics, computer vision, human computer interaction and interactive systems. Currently the institute is involved in a number of national and international projects carried out in collaboration with partners from academia, public research institutions and industry (including Bosch, Daimler, BMW, Siemens, ENBW). The projects are primarily funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the German Federal Ministries (BMBF and BMWI), and the European Union.

The University of Stuttgart is contributing in the area of Human Computer Interaction and Visualization. The approach to research will be methodological and application-driven as well as largely empirical. The documented key competences of VIS, essential to the flagship project are in the field of ubiquitous computing, human computer interaction, and visualization. The focus of the contribution is in research in the area of scalable interaction with large datasets, interaction with simulation systems, information visualization for high- dimensional and heterogeneous data set, and visual analytics. VIS has extensive facilities for experimental research, including a unique high-resolution (total of about 100 MegaPixel) stereo back projection system that can display wall-sized interactive 3D graphics and it has a newly equipped human computer interaction laboratory with facilities ranging from eye-tracking and physiological sensing to prototyping tools and 3D printing. The group’s expertise builds on strong participation in related projects such as the Cluster of Excellence Simulation Technology (SimTech) and the Graduate School GSaME (German Excellence Initiative), DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centers (SFB 627, 716, TRR75) and Priority Program ‘Scalable Visual Analytics’, the VISMASTER Coord. Action, and the PD-NET project (FET-open).


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