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The Virtual Reality and Immersive Visualization Group started in 1998 as a service team in the RWTH IT Center. Since 2015, we are a research group (Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet) at i12 within the Computer Science Department. Moreover, the Group is member of the Visual Computing Institute and continues to be an integral part of the RWTH IT Center.
In a unique combination of research, teaching, services and infrastructure, we provide Virtual Reality technologies and the underlying methodology as a powerful tool for scientific-technological applications.
In terms of basic research, we develop advanced methods and algorithms for multimodal 3D user interfaces and explorative analyses in virtual environments. Furthermore, we focus on application-driven, interdisciplinary research in collaboration with RWTH Aachen institutes, Forschungszentrum Jülich, research institutions worldwide, and partners from business and industry, covering fields like simulation science, production technology, neuroscience, and medicine.
To this end, we are members of / associated with the following institutes and facilities:
Our offices are located in the RWTH IT Center, where we operate one the largest Virtual Reality labs worldwide. The aixCAVE, a 30 sqm visualization chamber, makes it possible to interactively explore virtual worlds, is open to use by any RWTH Aachen research group.
Poster Honorable Mention
The Poster Honorable Mention Award of the EuroVis 2016 was given to Andrea Schnorr for her poster entitled “Tracking Space-Filling Features by Two-Step Optimization”.
|June 16, 2016|
New RASimAs Newsletter
The release of this 5th newsletter comes after the RASimAs project (Regional Anaesthesia Simulator and Assistant) passed the second year evaluation, again with certified success and good rate. All contributions by the partners show intensive and interdisciplinary interaction within the entire RASimAs team, composed of 11 partners from 10 European countries. The assistant was introduced and demonstrated at the International Winter Symposium on Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Trauma in Leuven. Furthermore, the evaluation of the simulator and the assistant begins soon in the clinical sites.
|May 13, 2016|
TGGS visited our VR Lab
On May 4th 2016, a delegation of Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS) visited our VR Lab. Besides a demonstration of our aixCAVE, options of extending the academic collaboration between TGGS and RWTH were discussed. Have a look here for some impressions.
Thanks to the existing collaboration, one Thai student already stayed with our research group for an internship and his master thesis. It was a successful time, as the work done was accepted on the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (paper). In August 2016, another Thai student will stay with us, again for an internship and a master thesis.
|May 9, 2016|
New RASimAs Press Release
The developments in our RASimAs (Regional Anaesthesia Simulator and Assistant) EU-Project, which aims at creating a training and assistant system for a medical procedure, are nearly finished. Viktor Voski, a project partner from the Department of Anaesthesia, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, was at SINTEF, Trondheim, Norway, and at SenseGraphics, Stockholm, Sweden to perform the final tests in the assistant and simulator prototypes before they are released to the clinical centers for evaluation.
|May 2, 2016|
Hannover Industry Fair 2016: Experiencing a Biorefinery in VR
The alliance of leading Institutes of Technology in Germany (TU9) is currently presenting projects from different research sectors, such as Industry 4.0, energy systems, and entrepreneurship at the Hannover Industry Fair (25 - 29 April 2016). The RWTH Aachen University is represented by members of the Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass” (CoE TMFB). Due to the rising energy demand and the limited availability of fossil energy resources, this CoE focuses on developing new alternative fuels from biomass which will not be competing with the food chain. The Virtual Reality & Immersive Visualization Group supports the TMFB’s exhibition with an VR application in which booth visitors can immerse themselves in a virtual biorefinery to see different process steps, proposed by the CoE, that are normally inaccessible.
|April 25, 2016|
Awards at 3DUI
The best technote award of the 3DUI was given to Sebastian Freitag for his paper entitled “Automatic Speed Adjustment for Travel through Immersive Virtual Environments based on Viewpoint Quality”.
|March 21, 2016|