Delegation of the IVC visits the Japanese Nara Institute

In Augmented Reality, real-world objects are enhanced (“augmented”) with additional information. Usually, this occurs by means of graphically overlaying information over real-world footage. In the project “Multisensory View Management for Augmented Reality”, researchers are looking into the potential of adding further information by extending graphical cues with audio and tactile stimuli, for example to guide a user towards interesting information.

The delegation of the IVC (back middle) in the circle of Japanese research partners, Image: Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

As part of the ongoing DFG project on augmented reality interfaces, a team from the Institute of Visual Computing (IVC, Ernst Kruijff, Christina Trepkowski, Alexander Marquardt and Jens Maiero) visited the Japanese Nara Institute of Science and Technology for a two-week research exchange. During this time, the researchers conducted two large studies on perception in augmented reality, in which they investigated the effect of perception of visual and non-visual cues for orientation.

This is a translation of an article originally posted by Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). The original article can be found here (in German).


Visiting researcher from Split works on SmartBots

Mirela Kundid Vasić
The Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Visual Computing (IVC) are glad to welcome a visiting researcher from our project partner in Croatia.Mirela Kundid Vasić

Mirela Kundid Vasić is a third year PhD student at the University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. Her main research interest is human detection in aerial images using deep learning algorithms for supporting search and rescue operations.

Mirela is on a research stay at the Institute of Visual Computing within a bilateral project between the University of Split and Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg named SmartBots – Autonomous control of mobile robots using computer vision algorithms and modern neural network architectures. Project leaders are Prof. Dr. Rainer Herpers, Prof. Dr. Paul Plöger (both Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg) and Prof. Dr. Vladan Papić (University of Split).

She is working on project activities at H-BRS from 10 February to 28 February 2020.

This is a copy of an article originally posted by Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). The original article can be found here.


Zero Gravity Science

Gravity experiments of IVC.

Our project SMUG (Self Motion Under Gravity) was featured in a newspaper article in mid October 2019. Read it here (in German)!

Nils Bury (IVC, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences) and Michael Jenkin (York University) wearing VR headsets for a series of tests in zero gravity. Picture: HBRS


Congress fair “VR in Science and Industry” on 9 Oct. 2019

There are many reasons to attend the congress fair “VR in Science and Industry” on 9 October 2019. One of these reasons is that decision-makers and intellectual pioneers from VW and Airbus will speak there.

You are invited to discuss the latest trends, current product solutions and future strategies with these thought leaders and the VR scene from NRW!

The programme is also well filled in other respects – feel invited to take a look at

Organizers are “VR in Science and Industry – Network NRW e.V.”, the “Virtual Reality and Immersive Visualization Group” of the RWTH Aachen, and the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

At the accompanying exhibition you can become a gold sponsor for 700 € or get in for 250 €!

Start-ups will have their say in short lectures (5 minutes), a few slots free are still free.

The congress fair is free of charge for visitors, all you have to do is register at!

See you on 9 October in Sankt Augustin!


Remote-Lab wins another award!

It was another big day for Professor Dr. Marco Winzker, his coworker Andrea Schwandt and their FPGA-Remote-Lab: The Global Online Laboratory Consortium awards the project the GOLC Online Lab Award 2019 in the category Remote-Lab. In 2018, the team had already been awarded by the International E-Learning Association.

Iris Groß, Vice President for Studies, Teaching and Continuing Education, (left) is happy about the award, which Professor Marco Winzker and research project collaborator Andrea Schwandt received for the Remote-Lab. Picture: Eva Tritschler

Professor Dr. Iris Groß, Vice President for Studies, Teaching and Continuing Education, was one of the first to congratulate the team: “We support our students both in classical classroom teaching and through modern digital methods. I am pleased that the innovative approach of the Remote Lab is appealing to students and external experts”.

The award-winning project combines a laboratory class that can be operated via the Internet. Teaching videos accompany the laboratory class. This allows students to develop their own subject-specific content and apply it directly in on-hardware experiments.

Both, videos and remote lab, are open, worldwide accessible teaching materials. Winzker explains: “The access statistics give us important information about the use. The teaching videos were accessed from over 60 countries. The Remote Lab was accessed from over 20 countries distributed over all continents. Currently, we have a cooperation with our Ukranian partner university, the Chernihiv National University of Technology, through which video subtitles are now also available in Ukrainian. The Remote Lab is actively used by them in teaching”.

This text is a translation of the German original press release.

Information on the GOLC – Online Lab Award.

Access the FPGA Vision Remote Lab!


Prof. Herpers stays adjunct professor @ UNB, Canada

Prof. H. Campbell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of New Brunswick, recently renewed the appointment of Prof. Rainer Herpers as adjunct professor in the Faculty of Computer Science. The department is very happy to continue this long-standing cooperation with our Canadian partner.

The photo shows (from left to right) Prof. Paul Plöger, vice dean of the department of computer science, Prof. Kenneth Kent from New Brunswick University (Adjunct Professor at H-BRS) and Prof. Rainer Herpers (Adjunct Professor at UNB). Picture: Kira Wazinski

The partnership between the University of New Brunswick in Canada and the Department of Computer Science at H-BRS is one of the oldest and also most intensive cooperations of the department. To find out more about our international ties, please go to or visit our Team International in C 158.

This is an article was originally posted by the department of Computer Science of Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS). The original coverage can be found here.


Annual Report 2015/2016

We are proud to present the third biennial report of the Institute of Visual Computing (IVC) covering the years 2015 and 2016. This report contains our main activities and achievements in research and industry during these two years. It additionally presents and updates our scientific and industrial profile. For the time being, the report is only available digitally.

The IVC’s annual report for 2015/2016 is available on


RISE intern Suzannah Smith @ IVC


The department of computer science is glad to welcome another RISE intern from our Canadian partner university in New Brunswick. Suzannah Smith is a third year bachelor student of computer science. She has chosen the coop programme of her course which takes a year longer than the usual bachelor and includes four stages at various companies.

At Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg Suzannah is working on a research project in the field of virtual reality: A virtual apartment is created which participants enter via a pair of VR glasses (Oculus Rift). Suzannah explores agent perception – she uses eye tracking to determine people’s focus and evaluates what participants look at and for how long.

Before joining us the young canadian took a two-week German course in Berlin and visited some European metropolises such as Zürich, Wien, Amsterdam and Paris. She will be working at H-BRS until August 18th. Her supervisors are Katharina Stollenwerk and Christoph Pomrehn as well as alumnus Sven Seele.

This article has originally been posted in the H-BRS Department of Computer Science News. Text and image were created by Miriam Lüdtke-Handjery of H-BRS’s Department of Computer Science Marketing and Public Relations. The original article is also available in German.


Kirschner with two talks at ACS meeting in Denver

IVC senior research associate and member of the renowned American Chemical Society (ACS) Dr. Karl Kirschner gave two talks at this year’s ACS national meeting in Denver. He presented the project Wolf2Pack on which he is working together with three colleagues (Prof. Dr. Dirk Reith from BRSU, Dr. Marco Hülsmann and O. Krämer-Fuhrmann from Fraunhofer SCAI) in the symposium on molecular force field.

In his second talk “It’s all about the fundamentals” Kirschner presented his recent research on predicting structure and thermodynamics of clusters of three to seven water molecules.

Full coverage in German: Kirschner mit zwei Vorträgen auf dem ACS National Meeting

Karl Kirschner in front of a visualization of “his” water cluster structures on HORNET