At the beginning of this week, Prof. Sheelagh Carpendale visited our group for two exciting and productive days. We enjoyed one of her famous “Sketching Visualizations” sessions, where even colleagues from Dresden joined, and intensive discussions about ongoing and future research projects of both sides, also stimulated by her talk about “Interacting Information through Visualization”. Fortunately, there was even time to visit the Christmas Market and chat through the evening with a warm drink.
Linda Pfeiffer recently presented our first findings about how air traffic controllers mentally represent their air space and traffic at the International Conference on Human and Social Analytics in Malta. The joint work of computer scientists and media psychologists is part of the MACeLot project and won the Best Paper Award at HUSO. Our part of the project is to rethink the visual interface of the air traffic controllers in close collaboration with the German ATC company DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH.
Two members of the Visual Computing group at Technische Universität Chemnitz presented their research results at HCI International in Los Angeles this August. Walentin Heft presented the results of his phd-project in the paper “An Approach for Intuitive Visualization of Ergonomic Issues”. In addition, Michael Heidt presented results from his HCI-related work in the papers “HCI and the Community of Non-users” and “Incommensurable Writings – Examining the Status of Gender Difference Within HCI Coding Practices”.
Recently, Jonathan Fischer gave a talk at the International Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics European Research Interest Community Workshop in Parma. There he presented our newest results regarding efficient particle merging for constructing level-of-detail hierarchies, which are published in the paper “Error-minimizing SPH Particle Merging for Constructing Multi-resolution Hierarchies”.
My new PhD student Linda Pfeiffer recently presented our paper about the current state of HCI in air trafic control with the title “A Survey of Visual and Interactive Methods for Air Traffic Control Data” at IV 2015 in Barcelona. This is basically the kick-off for our new BMBF-funded project MACeLot in cooperation with the German ATC company Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, where we are trying to revolutionize the visualizations and interaction techniques used by air trafic controllers.
This Saturday I will give a talk at GRAPP in Berlin about our paper, which deals with “An Interactive Visualization System for Huge Architectural Laser Scans”. The main work was done by my PhD student Thomas Kanzok who cannot make it to the conference due to other working duties. Still we have even improved the approach since the paper was accepted and I can present some new promising results.
All members of the Visual Computing Laboratory wish you, especially the collaborators and friends, a very Merry Christmas and a good start into the New Year 2015. We hope you can enjoy the holidays together with you families and relax for some time to gather new energy for the upcoming challenges. We are grateful for the many interesting discussions and research projects in the last year and are looking forward to several new projects in the new year.
From Monday on we had Brian Fisher from SFU as a guest at Technische Universität Chemnitz. His main focus was to visit our lab and the graduate research group CrossWorlds to discuss future collaboration possibilities. His visit was concluded today by a very inspiring talk about bridging the gap between between psychology and computer science.
The whole team of the Visual Computing Laboratory wishes all collaborators and friends a very Merry Christmas and a good start into the New Year. We hope you are also able to enjoy the holidays together with you families. The last year was full of interesting experiences for all of us. We look back to the work that was done in the last year and are excited about the upcoming challenges in the next year.
Last week, Martin Schulze has successfully defended his Bachelor thesis with the title “A Hierarchical Structure for Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Simulation Data”, which significantly contributes to our DFG project “SmoothViz: Visualization of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Simulation Data”.