Welcome to the Visual Computing Institute

The Visual Computing Institute is a research institute within the Computer Science Department at RWTH Aachen University. It brings together all research groups that are addressing the diverse scientific aspects of the generation, processing, analysis, and display of visual data. As such, the VCI covers a very broad spectrum of research competences ranging from geometry processing and computer graphics to computer vision, immersive visualization and simulation. Our mission is to develop innovative methods and algorithms in this area and to create impact in fundamental research as well as in industrial applications. Further information about projects, research, and teaching activities can be found on the individual group websites:


Aachen 2025

In the Aachen 2025, event held on 23rd, 24th and 25th September 2016 in Aachen, we were active in two out of eight Theme Parks, namely “Production” and “Working”. In collaboration with the RWTH IMA institute, we demonstrated how Virtual Reality can help to plan smart factories of the future. In our aixCAVE, our partner formitas GmbH, showed how the process of planning complex building infrastructures can profit from modern VR technology. We are proud that the Aachener Zeitung chose one of our demo scenarios for their front cover.

Sept. 27, 2016

InnoTrans 2016: Experiencing VR-based Timetabling and Track Occupancy Between Aachen and Cologne

One of our service partners, the VIA Consulting & Development GmbH, is represented at the InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin (20.09 - 23.09), the leading international trade fair for transport technology with focus on five segments: Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors and Tunnel Construction.

At their boost, VIA-Con presents inter alia a short video about our common investigations regarding the benefit of 3D visualizations of timetabling and track occupancies on railways. The video is also available in our youtube profile.

Sept. 20, 2016

We have a paper on interactive quad meshing at SIGGRAPH Asia 2016.

Sept. 6, 2016

pvt performance visualization toolkit available.

The pvt performance visualization toolkit is released under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License. Pvt was developed during the BMBF-funded project Score-E.

Aug. 24, 2016

Visit of the Federal Research Minister Prof. Johanna Wanka

During her summer tour under the topic “The Future of Life in Old Age” Prof. Johanna Wanka visited within the scope of JARA-BRAIN the RWTH Aachen University Hospital on July 28th. Young scientists had the chance to present their research in short talks and demonstrations. For the Virtual Reality Group, Claudia Hänel presented her work on an interactive application to visualize the degenerative progress of a patient’s brain who suffers from corticobasal syndrome. This work was undertaken in a close cooperation with the group of Prof. Katrin Amunts (Institut für Neurowissenschaften und Medizin, Forschungszentrum Jülich) and is currently continued with the scope on the visualization of large data gathered from polarized light imaging. Within her short demonstration on a semi-immersive display system, Claudia Hänel was able to highlight the potential benefits neuroscientists can gain from novel interactive and immersive visualizations of their data.

July 28, 2016

Torsten Kuhlen gave an invited talk at the Workshop on Mixed Reality and Interactions at IRT bcom, Rennes.

July 22, 2016

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