VISUALIZE was a complete success

The first VISUALIZE event at the Faculty of Communication and Environment was a great success. More than 100 guests took the opportunity to get an insight into the latest trends in interactive data visualization by joining numerous interesting lectures and workshops.

The versatile lecture programme was opened with an exciting contribution about the "Visualization of historical sights" by Dr. Frank Dießenbacher (Dießenbacher Informationsmedien). It was followed by an overview of interesting 3D applications used in engineering offices to document and visualize industrial plants and real estate, which was presented by Jörg van Kesteren (PV ANSPERGER mbH). Nicolas Fischöder (Hochschule Rhein-Waal) demonstrated the possibilities Houdini, a 3D animation software for VFX (Visual Effects) which is used in game development and film production.

At the beginning of the second lecture series, Dr. Sebastian Boblest (Automotive Data Intelligence, ETAS GmbH) showed interactive visualizations within the Machine Learning Workflow. Rafael Regh (CODUCT GmbH) gave an insight into his start up that focusses on the visualization of work processes in the field of industrial plants. The lecture programme was rounded off by Daniel O'Donnell (Federal Statistical Office), who addressed opportunities and risks in the interactive visualization of statistical data.

Between the different lectures, participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and visit an exhibition of latest student and research projects on the topic.

The interactive workshops in the afternoon dealt with different visualization methods as well as practical applications of modern and useful tools in the areas of Business Intelligence (Qlik Sense), Machine Learning, Houdini and D3.js.

"The event was very well attended and the feedback was consistently positive. The idea of not limiting the lectures and workshops to one field of application, but showing the full spectrum of interactive data visualizations in science as well as in business and administration practice, was very well accepted," says Prof. Dr. Timo Kahl. Prof. Dr. Frank Zimmer added that, in addition to the variety of topics, the exciting mix of scientists, practitioners and students was a special unique characteristic of this event.

Both organizers agreed that they would be happy to fulfil the many requests for a follow-up event.


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