Roadshow Technical Visualistics

Short Description:

The focus of this trail is on a roadshow. Conceptual work and software implementation of interactive applications are presented. Users and developers join forces in order to create information visualizations and innovative software systems. Such systems are telling unique stories. The user alone decides about progression and outcome of these stories.

What does “Technical Visualistics” (Visual Engineering) mean?

Visual Engineering is a research field at the Faculty of Computer Science of Technische Universität Dresden. This applied and interdisciplinary research addresses the rapid development of hardware and software systems by establishing novel kinds of interfaces between human and computer. [1]

The focus is on user and situation aware visualization of data with the help of innovative Technologies such as gestural interaction, autostereoscopy, and gaze tracking. Visual Engineering has three main objectives: theoretical foundations, prototyping, and teaching methodologies. [2] Smart Systems are a requirement for tomorrow’s society. That is a reason to group the skills of different departments and groups together. Technical Visualistics is one of those departments because it focuses on modern technologies. [3] Smart Systems should support people without being noticed. [4] The pictorial design of IoT-Interfaces plays a big role to reach that goal. The attending partners in a place called Smart Systems Hub can demonstrate the realization of the integration in the IoT-World with different examples. The demonstrated systems during the roadshow are selected according to the interests of the attendees.

The Roadshow is about the presentation of „Smart System” applications. The applications are to be regarded as intelligent systems that support the user in his work, which can be called up as direct services and used at work or on move. The big challenge is how comprehensive, complex and time-critical data can be quickly and safely accessed by the user and mastered by it. As an example, here are the data of a commercial vehicle manufacturer to call a vehicle, which wants to provide an assistance system (remote as possible) to control the machine by a driver. Such scenarios should increasingly be established in real time between the manufacturer and the customer. AR-systems in conjunction with 5G technology offer interesting software technology solutions and options. With proposed and other contributions, so customers from industry and business are addressed. The trail is sometimes composed of six demonstrators, from which potential customers or project partners can select two to visit. The list of demonstrators is open. In particular, the mixture of research, applied research, industry and museum offers great potential and a correspondingly diverse range.


Dr. Ingmar S. Franke, Technische Universität Dresden
Franziska Hannß, Roundtable of Technical Visualistics
Anne Zischang, Association for Technical Visualistics

Target Group(s):

Companies, who are interested in:

    • Digitalization of business processes and workflows
    • Development of new methods and functions
    • Collective and distributed work
    • Increase in productivity and quality
    • Visualization of and interaction with data
    • Mixed systems, like virtualization, augmentation and realization in reality and virtuality

Companies of different sectors like automotive industry, health care, e-commerce, commune and museums are possible addressees and attendees.

Partner from Research, Industry:

Name Type Role Contact
TU Dresden Informatik Research Media gestalt and design (MG) Prof. Dr. Groh
Dr. Franke
TU Dresden Maschinenwesen Research CAD, Technical Design (TD) Prof. Dr. Stelzer
Prof. Dr. Krzywinski
HTW Dresden Informatik Applied Research Computer graphic, user surfaces Prof. Dr. Wacker
Prof. Dr. Freitag
TU Dresden
Research Engineer psychology Prof. Dr. Pannasch
Dr. Müller
T-Systems MMS Industry Development(MMS) Klingenburg
Prof. Dr. Schönefeld
GTV -Gesellschaft für Technische Visualistik mbH Industry Development (GTV) Zischang
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) Museum User (SKD) Dr. Zavesky

Partners can be found at the following address

Locations of the demonstrators:

    • TU – Technische Universität Dresden
    • HTW – Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Dresden
    • GTV – Gesellschaft für Technische Visualistik mbH, Dresden
    • SKD – Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

It is possible to visit locations of other partners, if a request is send to

Value Proposition

    • Increased labor market chance, creation of new workplaces, competition for skilled people
    • Distribution of competences, certificate of proficiency, qualifications
    • Presentation, introduction, communication of innovative and brand new technologies
    • Conception, design, realization, services
    • Experience, integrative approach and multidisciplinarity


Presentation (normal): Range between half and a full day (on request, normally self-financing)
Workshop (skill-intensive): three weeks (cost depends on the effort)


A presentation/demonstration day can have the following detailed agenda. Interested visitors and potential partners can choose two out of all listed demonstrators. Chair of Mediengestaltung of the Technische Universität Dresden is in charge of the organization of these visits, supported by GTV – Gesellschaft für Technische Visualistik mbH. Both decide networking partner A and B upon request. The goal of the demonstration day is to talk to interested visitors and possible partners about next steps and, if applicable, agree on a follow-up workshop. First contact or talks by interested public originate from emails, calls, meet-ups, fairs or other similar ways.

Time,     Topic
-9.45,    Arrival
10.00,   Warmly welcoming at networking partner A (for everyone)
10.10,    Introduction of the network Technische Visualistik

10.30,   Introduction of networking partner A
11.00,    Introduction of visitor/interested people/clients/companies
11.30,    Collective discussion of the matter, theme, problem, solution approaches
12.00,   Tour and demonstration A at networking partner A
13.00,   Lunchbreak (with a change of locations)

14.00,   Welcoming at networking partner B
14:10,    Introduction of the network B
14:30,   Tour and demonstration B at networking partner B
15.30,   Continues collective discussion of the matter, theme, general problem solutions

16:00,   Reconcilement regarding the next steps of cooperation, for example like workshops (for everyone)
16:45,   Evaluation of the day by all parties included
17:00,   Farewell
-17.10   Departure


After the presentation day (demo day), a workshop (workshop days) with the potential cooperation partners would be offered. The following agenda – meaningfully distributed over 2-5 days – would be useful, with some days worked together and others intended for reflection / contemplation. The work should also be done at the customer and thus on-site of the topic. The results of the workshop is a fine concept for implementation of a concrete solution. The organization and implementation would be cared by the GTV – Gesellschaft für Technische Visualistik mbH in addition with the Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Software and Multimedia Technology and in cooperation with the network Technical Visualistics.

The following agenda gives a general orientation on how the workshop is structured.

Week Day Location Category Topic
1st Week Mo. Client Workshop Workflow Analysis
Tu. Client Workshop User Group Analysis
We. Client Workshop Requirement Analysis
Th. DD Analysis Evaluation
Fr. DD Concept development and documentation
2nd Week Mo. Client Workshop Interaction Design
Tu. Client Field Work Rough Draft/Wireframe
We. Client Field Work Rough Draft/Wireframe
Th. DD Detailed Draft/Design Concepts
Fr. DD Detailed Draft/Design Concepts
3rd Week Mo. DD Detailed Draft/Design Concepts
We. DD Specification Sheet/Documentation
Th. DD Specification Sheet/Documentation
We. Client Presentation and Handover


The following examples are a mix of research and industry applications, with different technologies in software and hardware:

Flexible Display

Examples for using direct three-dimensional interaction are DepthTouch [5] and FlexiWall [6], [7]. Partner: TU Dresden (MG), T-Systems MMS.


It allows the exploration of data through its meta data and discovers relationships between data. DELVIZ stands for Deep Exploration and Vizualisations [8]. Partner: TU Dresden (MG).

Media stations

Software technological interfaces are interfaces between the virtual, digital world and the real, objective world. Implementations can be found in the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden regularly [9], [10]. Partner: TU Dresden (MG), HTW Dresden, GTV, SKD.


One way to use VR-Systems is to test AR-concepts for commercial vehicles like harvester, wheel loader and chain dredger while being location-independent and cost-efficient [11], [12]. Partner: TU Dresden (MG, TD) und GTV.


One way to conceptual design an interface for multiuser usage is Low-Fidelity Prototyping. An example of data visualization is shown [13]. Partner: GTV.

Current Projects:

    • CORDE – Creative Organization Repository for Data Exploration
    • Sprechmaschine – Faszination Sprechende Maschine: Technologischer Wandel der Sprachsynthese über zwei Jahrhunderte
    • VISKOMMP – Visuelle kollaborative Multi-Meeting-Protokollsysteme
    • VANDA – Visual and Analytics Interfaces for Big Data Environments
    • DAMM – Digitales Archiv Mathematischer Modelle

Opportunities for Projects and Funding Instruments:

    • Research Projects government-funded by ESF or EFRE, Funds of the European Union
    • Research Projects government-funded State of Germany or Saxony
    • Cooperative, multi-semester project and academic thesis
    • Workshops or Projects on contract research

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[1] R. Groh, „Technische Visualistik: Beiträge zur Überwindung der Desktop-Metapher.“, Informatik-Spektrum, Juli 2014.
[2] „Technische Visualistik“. [Online]. Verfügbar unter: [Zugegriffen: 01-Juni-2017].
[3] „Smart Systems Hub – Silicon Saxony e.V.“ [Online]. Verfügbar unter: [Zugegriffen: 01-Juni-2017].
[4] I. S. Franke, Untersuchungen zum Wahrnehmungsrealismus von Abbildern und Bildern: computergrafische Optimierungsansätze im Spannungsfeld von bildhafter Gestaltung, virtueller Architektur und visueller Wahrnehmung. Dresden: TUDpress, 2015.
[5] J. Peschke, F. Göbel, T. Gründer, M. Keck, D. Kammer, und R. Groh, „DepthTouch: An Elastic Surface for Tangible Computing.“, in Proceedings of the Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces 2012 (AVI 12 , 22. – 25. Mai 2012, Capri Island), New York, 2012.
[6] M. Müller, A. Knöfel, T. Gründer, I. S. Franke, und R. Groh, „FlexiWall: Exploring Layered Data with Elastic Displays.“, in Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS, 16.-19. November, 2014, Dresden), Dresden, 2014.
[7] I. S. Franke, M. Müller, T. Gründer, und R. Groh, „FlexiWall: Interaction in-between 2D and 3D Interfaces.“, in Proceedings of Human-Computer Interaction: Design and Development Approaches, 16th International Conference, HCI International 2014 (HCI’ 14, 22.-27. Juni 2014, Heraklion), Heidelberg, 2014, Bd. 434.
[8] M. Keck, D. Kammer, R. Iwan, S. Taranko, und R. Groh, „DelViz: Exploration of Tagged Information Visualizations“, Inform. 2011 – Interakt. Vis. Im Daten-Web, 2011.
[9] F. Hannß, E. Lapczyna, und R. Groh, „BILD – RAUM – LEIB. Definitionsversuche eines subjektbezogenen Interaktionsraums“, in Computer als Medium »Hyperkult XXI« Digital Nativity – die Normalität des Digitalen, 2012, S. 2–6.
[10] F. Hannß, E. Lapczyna, und R. Groh, „The body-perceiving museum“, in Proceedings of MEDIA ART HISTORIES 2013: RENEW 2013: The 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Riga, 2013.
[11] A. Knöfel, M. Müller, R. Groh, und J. Krzywinski, „Interfacekonzepte für präsente Assistenten“, in Proc. Useware 2016, 2016.
[12] A. Knöfel, R. Groh, R. H. Stelzer, und I. S. Franke, „The User Interfaces of Intelligent Assistance Systems.“, in Proceedings of the 5th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR, 26.-30. August 2013, Tokyo), Tokyo, 2013.
[13] J. Wojdziak, B. Bansemir, B. Kirchner, B. Lochner, und R. Groh, „Low-Fidelity Prototyping for Collaborative User Interface Specifications“, in HCI International 2016 – Posters’ Extended Abstracts, Bd. 617, C. Stephanidis, Hrsg. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016, S. 167–172