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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.
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|
Participants of Police Workshop visit the aixCAVE
From July 11 – 15, 2016 the 13th International Police Workshop Photogrammetry / Laser Scanning was held at LAFP NRW (Landesamt für Ausbildung, Fortbildung und Personal-angelegenheiten NRW), at the education center in Neuss. 100 specialists for crime scene and traffic accident documentation and damage visualization, police officers, forensic specialists, scientists, surveyors and coroners from 12 nations came together for a 5-day workshop, among them Fabian Lennartz and Andrea Bönsch from the Virtual Reality Group.
|July 18, 2016|
Valuable Cooperation with e.GO Mobile AG
e.GO Mobile AG, headquartered on RWTH Aachen Campus, develops and constructs cost-efficient electric vehicles for short-distance travel. Since March 2016 a VR-based design optimization is integrated into the highly iterative development processes used by production researcher and e.GO Mobile CEO Professor Günther Schuh and his team.
Enlarging the methodological toolbox of the development processes by means of Virtual Reality becomes possible through a cooperation between the e.GO Mobile AG and our research and service group. Visualizing the planned vehicles in the highly immersive virtual environment of the aixCAVE enables the researchers to evaluate the vehicles’ design and discuss optimization options. A brief insight is given by a short video entitled e.GO@aixCAVE .
|July 7, 2016|
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|