at RWTH Aachen University!
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.
Co-Chair on WOIV’17
ISC 2017 accepted the second edition of the "ISC Workshop on in situ visualization”. Tom Vierjahn will be one of the co-chairs together with Guido Reina, Steffen Frey (both Univ. Stuttgart), and Gunther Weber (LBNL). The submission system is open …
|March 24, 2017|
3DUI and IEEE VR 2018 will be held in Germany
We are very happy to announce, that next year’s 3DUI and IEEE VR will be located in Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. We are particularly pleased that Torsten W. Kuhlen is one of the conference co-chairs together with Betty Mohler (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany), Evan Suma Rosenberg (University of Southern California, Institute of Creative Technologies, California) and Matthias Bues (Frauenhofer IAO, Stuttgart, Germany).
|March 24, 2017|
Successful participation in 3DUI and IEEE VR 2017: Presentations & Contest Chair of 3DUI Contest
Furthermore, Benjamin Weyers continued his engagement for the 3DUI contest: He was one of the co-chairs together with Rongkai Guo (Kennesaw State University, USA) and Ryan R. McMahan (University of Texas in Dallas, USA).
|March 24, 2017|
Successfull Application for ICT Project
Our efforts to integrate virtual humans into complex scientific and technical applications are partially funded by the project house ICT Foundations of a Digitized Industry, Economy, and Society, RWTH Aachen University. More information can be found here.
|March 8, 2017|
Teaching Award 2016 in the category "Project" at RWTHtransparent
Congratulations to our colleagues Prof. Torsten W. Kuhlen and Dominik Rausch for winning the Teaching Award in the category "Project 2016" for the project
Virtual Sketching on this year’s RWTHtransparent.
During his diploma thesis in 2008, Dominik Rausch developed a Virtual Reality-based tool for sketching in immersive virtual environments and later on extended in an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Department of Visual Design (Prof. Thomas H. Schmitz, Hannah Groninger). It incorporates the advantages of classical open, undetermined hand-drawn sketches and 3D computer drafts: the drawer is immersed in his draft or model inside the aixCAVE at RWTH Aachen. He can freely move and look around in the virtual scenery and sketch 3D strokes directly into the environment using tracked input devices.
Besides the awarded project, which could be tested in an HMD-Version during the exhibition, our group teamed up with collaboration partners in order to exhibit three more current research projects at information stands during the RWTHtransparent’s exhibition. The projects presented range from brain visualization over the melting process of pressure casting to cultural heritage.
|Jan. 27, 2017|
Successful Presentation at the European Parliament
On Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, three of the international brain initiatives presented their status and achievements at an international workshop named "Understanding the Human Brain - A new era of big neuroscience".
|Nov. 29, 2016|