David Scherfgen won VDI price

David Scherfgen received this year’s first prize of the Cologne section of VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, Association of German Engineers) for outstanding achievements in the field of engineering. The prize was awarded for his excellent master thesis on “Camera-based 3D Pointing Approach Using Dynamic On-Screen Markers”.

For full coverage in German see here.

As David could not attend the event on 22 October, his mother and brother represented him at the ceremony.

IEEE Award for IVC colleague

Congratulations to our colleague Marco Winzker who received the IEEE William E. Sayle Award for Achievement in Education on 23th of October 2015.

Marco Winzker received the award for “significant contributions over a period of years in one of the Fields of Interest of the IEEE Education Society”. In the IVC he has, among other things, the project EduPow in which he researches about education of video signal processing algorithms, FPGA design and low-power design. In the project an evaluation board has been developed which shall now be made available as a remote-lab.


Tobias Haubrich and Sergej Alexandrov won AFCEA Studienpreis award

Tobias Haubrich and Sergej Alexandrov from the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences share second place in this year’s AFCEA Studienpreis award with Joel Janai from the University of Bonn. In his work titled “Geometric Segmentation of Point Cloud Data by Spectral Analysis” Alexandrov investigated the process of perception of virtual agents as foundation for making decisions.

In his master thesis, “Development of a synthetic perception process for smart virtual agents” (German title: “Entwicklung eines synthetischen Perzeptionsprozesses für intelligente virtuelle Agenten”), Haubrich looked at how a reasistic simulation of agents can lead to individual behaviour in order to create a suitable mapping of this complex and highly unforseeable process. The concepts may be applied in road traffic simulations and other simulation scenarios.

The prize was granted at the Koblenzer IT-Tagung 2015, a conference in Koblenz on 3 September 2015 in the Rhein-Mosel-Halle with approximately 400 participants.


3DUI 2015 Best Technote Award

The team of authors David Scherfgen, Rainer Herpers and Timur Saitov of the Institute of Visual Computing (IVC) were awarded a Best Technote Award for their work on “A Robust Inside-Out Approach for 3D Interaction with Large Displays”. David Scherfgen presented their contribution at the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces 2015 (3DUI) in Arles, France. The paper describes and evaluates a novel input device which was developed at the IVC and is largely based on David’s master thesis titled “Camera-Based 3D Pointing Approach Using Dynamic On-Screen Markers”.


PhD-Scholarship for Anton Sigitov

Anton Sigitov is one of three computer scientists who have been awarded a scholarship for their PhD project. His project titled “Partially distributed collaboration on large, high-resolution displays using mobile devices for interaction” will focus on how groups of people can work together on high-resolution displays when they are not geographically co-located.

Full coverage in German: Drei Promotionsstipendien für Informatiker


Sergey Alexandrov won advancement award for best master thesis

Sergey Alexandrov’s master thesis on “Geometric Segmentation of Point Cloud Data by Spectral Analysis” won this year’s advancement award of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences “Gesellschaft der Förderer” (Association of Sponsors).


Philipp Frericks won FBTI award for best bachelor thesis

Philipp Frericks’ bachelor thesis on “GPU-Implementation of a bi-directional path tracer” (original German title: “Implementierung eines bidirektionalen Path Tracers auf GPUs”) won the award for best bachelor thesis.

The award was granted during the 34th “Fachbereichstag Informatik” on 20 October 2014 in Dortmund. The “Fachbereichstag Informatik” represents over 60 departments and faculties of computer sience in universities of applied sciences.


Oliver Jato won AFCEA Studienpreis award

Oliver Jato won third in the AFCEA Studienpreis awards for his Master thesis on rendering large volume datasets with CUDA (German title: Rendering großer Volumendatensätze mit CUDA).

The prize was granted at the Koblenzer IT-Tagung 2014, a conference in Koblenz on 4 September 2014 in the Rhein-Mosel-Halle which more than 300 participants have visited.

His work was supervised by Prof. Dr. André Hinkenjann (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University, department of computer science).


Three IVC Members Have Been Awarded a Scholarship

Katharina Stollenwerk, Jens Maiero and Thorsten Roth are the three IVC members among a total of eight doctoral candidates from H-BRS who have been awarded a scholarship for their PhD project.

Katharina Stollenwerk works on two-handed interaction in virtual environments in cooperation with the University of Bonn. Jens Maiero looks into the challenges of human-machine-interaction in dynamically projected environments (Spatial Augmented Reality). Thorsten Roth tries to solve problems in global illumination algorithms by iteratively incorporating light field measurements into the Monte-Carlo-based rendering process, including post-processing techniques.