Professor Hinkenjann – invited expert at Cologne network meeting on Virtual and Augmented Reality

On Thursday evening, 02 June 2016 Web de Cologne e.V. rallied decision-makers of the digital economy to a future-oriented topic in the digital world. Professor Hinkenjann was invited to give a talk on Virtual Reality and share his expertise in the field.

The focus of this pulse-rich networking evening with expert discussion was the topic: “Virtual and Augmented Reality – innovative solutions for businesses and real opportunities for the Internet economy.”

Profiled initiators discussed the relevance of virtual and augmented reality and innovative approaches for business and various industries as well as their importance for the digital economy.


Understanding Flu Binding to Human Tissue

Molecular Modelling is a modern tool that generates useful knowledge for materials or drug development by understanding the underlying microscopic mechanisms. Prof. Robert J. Woods, visiting from the University of Georgia (USA), gave a research talk on one specific example for this on Friday, 22 April 2016.

The topic of his talk was a computational chemistry perspective for “Understanding Flu Binding to Human Tissue”. In the future his ideas might lead to the creation of an anti-infective for flu prophylaxis. The talk was hosted by Prof. Dirk Reith and Dr Karl Kirschner.

During his visit, Prof. Woods also met with several members of the Institute of Visual Computing.

This is an excerpt from Reviving a prolific cooperation.


OSSCOM 2015 conference on Jordanian TV

On 10 September 2015, the 1st International Conference on Open Source Software Computing (OSSCOM 2015) launched at the German Jordanian University under the auspices of Princess Sumaya bint Hassan. Over 150 participants from twenty countries attended the conference. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Herpers, co-director of the IVC and member of the BRSU OSSCOM Team, co-chaired the conference.

In her speech, Princess Sumaya emphasized the importance of the EU-supported open software project, referring to its role in the education sector with regard to linking local and regional labor markets.

Jordan Royal News covered the Conference in a short report titled “Software Technology Conference discusses promoting the use of open source software”.


IVC hosts GI VR/AR workshop at BRSU

The Institute of Visual Computing will host this year’s Gesellschaft für Informatik’s Workshop ‘Virtual and Augmented Reality’ (GI VR/AR). The workshop will take place at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences on 10/11 September 2015.

We are proud to have Prof. Dr. Markus Gross, Head of the Computer Graphics Laboratory at ETH Zürich and director of Disney Research in Zürich as speaker for the first keynote (Thursday, 10 September 2015). We are also very happy that Fred Nicklisch, director Workstation Software at NVIDIA and Ingo Esser from NVIDIA’s DevTech ProViz will give the registration. A schedule can be found on the associated web pages.

In addition to various talks in the fields of, e.g., Interaction, Tracking and Rendering, there will be a contest for the best Head-Mounted-Display-App.

Additional information can be found on the workshop’s webpage as well as on the pages of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (in German) and its department of Computer Science (in German).


Martin Göbel Honorary Chair of the IEEE VR 2015

Dr. Martin Göbel has been appointed Honorary Chair of the IEEE VR 2015. He is one of the trailblazers of Virtual Reality in Germany as well as in the rest of Europe. He has been active in the field since the early nineties when, apart from Germany, only Switzerland, Great Britain and Sweden played an active part in the European VR scene.

The IEEE VR 2015 will be held from 23-27 March in Arles, France. Martin Göbel and a team of researchers from our Institute will be presenting their work.

See the full article here.



As part of the initiative “YOLO meets FIVIS” a fifth grade of the “Gymnasium Am Altenforst” in Troisdorf visited our Institute’s labs.

The boys and girls first completed a ride on the FIVIS bike simulator before filling in an online questionnaire about their past bike accidents, their self-monitoring skills and their risk behavior. Aditionally, the children’s knowledge of the traffic rules were assessed objectively. Their parents also provided information on both their children’s and their own road behavior.

The Institute of Visual Computing works together with a team of researchers from the ZNL TransferCenter for Neuroscience and Learning at the University of Ulm. The project “YOLO-(Selbst-)sicher Radfahren” (YOLO – riding a bike safly (and confidently)) is currently in an exploration phase investigating the causes of accident risks of 10-14 year olds.

See the full article here (in German).


Einweihung einer ultra-hochauflösenden Displaywand

Am Donnerstag, den 8. Mai 2014 weiht das Institut für Visual Computing ab 15:30 seine ultra-hochauflösende Displaywand ein.

Nach der Begrüßung durch einen der Direktoren des IVC sind die Teilnehmer eingeladen, die Möglichkeiten einer interaktiven, ultra-hochauflösenden Displaywand in Demonstrationen zu erfahren. Die Demonstrationen umfassen

  • hochqualitative Visualisierungen,
  • Standard-Software,
  • paralleles Rendering sowie
  • verschiedene Anwendungsfälle, z.B. große Oberflächen- oder Volumendaten

Ein abschließender Imbiss gibt Gelegenheit zu Gesprächen.

Weitere Informationen entnehmen Sie bitte unserem Einladungsflyer.


Children’s University

On Thursday, the 6th of February 2014, Children aged 8 to 12 Years attended the “Children’s University”, a joint project of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences. In this program, children get to know the university and the science created there. They can listen to exiting lectures or even try things by themselves.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Herpers, one of the directors of the Institute for Visual Computing at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University, taught the young students about immersive virtual realities and 3D simulations. Subsequently the children were allowed to try out the FIVIS simulator, which was built and developed by the scientists of the Institute for Visual Computing for bicycle road safety training. Seated on a special bicycle, they were able to drive through a virtual representation of the city Siegburg, displayed on large screens surrounding the bike. And even though every mistake, like missing a hand signal or driving on the wrong side of the road, was answered by a bright symbol on the screens, the children thoroughly enjoyed the ride.



On 7th October 2013, Planetopia covered technologies for secure personal passwords. Our institute’s “Emotion Computing and Intelligent Interaction” Lab led by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Heiden and Dr. Gernot Heisenberg contributed to this topic by explaining their approach based on Brain Computer Interfaces. The documentary can be found in Planetopia’s mediathek (starting at 6:30 min).