Human-Computer Interaction

Prof. Dr. Florian Niebling

Temporary Head of Group Media Informatics

Contact Details

Prof. Dr. Florian Niebling
Human-Computer Interaction
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
D-97074 Würzburg

✆	+49 (0) 931 31 88343
⌂	Room 1.024, Building M1, Hubland South

Tue 14-15h by appointment
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About me

Florian is the temporary head of Media Informatics at the University of Würzburg. He studied computer science at University of Stuttgart. Working at the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) for several years, he received his doctorate on interactive parallel real-time graphics from University of Stuttgart in 2013. After heading the cyber-physical systems group at the chair for Software Engineering of Ubiquitous Systems (SEUS) at Technische Universität Dresden, he joined the HCI Group in 2015.

His research interests include software engineering of complex systems in parallel and distributed computing environments, scalable post-processing and visualization of large datasets, distributed computer graphics, the interaction with data in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and on the desktop, as well as the application of machine learning algorithms in HCI and in the Computational Humanities. His interdisciplinary research involves diverse application domains from engineering to digital humanities. Florian has been a regular reviewer for e.g. ACM SUI, ACM VRST, IEEE VR, IEEE 3DUI, NordiCHI.



22 November 2019: Invited talk ‘Geospatial Visualization of Historical Photographs’ at Space is the place. Mapping Visual Media & the Geospatial Turn at University of Antwerp.

21 October 2019: Keynote speaker at the SUMAC workshop at the 27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia. Abstract of talk: Visualizing Orientations of Large Numbers of Photographs.


Summer Term 2021: Lecture ‘Augmented Reality

Summer Term 2020: Lecture ‘Augmented Reality

Winter Term 2019/2020: Lecture ‘Digitale Medien I / Medieninformatik I

Winter Term 2019/2020: Seminar ‘Multimedia Applications

Winter Term 2019/2020: Seminar ‘Augmented Reality Prototyping

Summer Term 2019: Lecture ‘Digitale Medien II / Medieninformatik II

Summer Term 2019: Seminar ‘Advanced Studies 1 / Advanced Studies 2

Winter term 2018/2019: Lecture ‘Augmented Reality

Winter term 2017/2018: Lecture ‘Augmented Reality

Winter term 2016/2017: Seminar ‘Mixed Reality

Winter term 2015/2016: Seminar ‘Mixed Reality

Current projects

In the BMBF-funded project HistKI: AI-based support of image source research and criticism, we model the process of image research and criticism from the perspective of computer support based on machine learning. We extend explanation models, from a historical-scientific-methodological perspective, that have so far mostly been problem-related or infrastructural.

Florian Niebling is currently leading the BMBF research group ‘HistStadt4D - Multimodale Zugänge zu historischen Bildrepositorien zur Unterstützung stadt- und baugeschichtlicher Forschung und Vermittlung’ as principal investigator. The aim is to investigate and develop methods and technologies to transfer extensive repositories of historical media and their contextual information into a three-dimensional spatial model, with an additional temporal component. The data resources available for this research include extensive holdings of historical photographs of Dresden, which document the changes of the city over the decades. The information technology issues are needs-based information modelling and its technical applications, based on a case study of the Deutsche Fotothek. This involves aspects of processing and linking historical media and knowledge, including time and place, into a virtual research environment. It also includes researching and developing visualization and information access via location-based augmented reality. More information, ongoing research, news and publications can be found on the project website. A web-based prototype of our 4D browser is available online. A news article about the research project was released in the newspaper ‘Main-Post’ (in german).

Former projects

2012-2015: Co-leader of the research group ‘VICCI - Visual and Interactive Cyber-physical Systems Control and Integration’ (TU Dresden).

2008-2011: Project lead of the collaborative research project ‘VisPME - Visualization in parallel manycore environments’ (HLRS).

2011-2012: ‘CRESTA - Collaborative Research into Exascale Systemware Tools and Applications’ (HLRS).

2005-2008: ‘InGrid – Innovative Grid Developments for Engineering Applications’ (HLRS).

Conference/Workshop Organization

Research and Education in Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries 2019’ under the patronage of CIPA. The junior research group UrbanHistory4D hosted the CIPA workshop “Research and Education in Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries” on 10-11 Oct ober 2019 in Dresden. The workshop took place at the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum in Dresden and was co-located with the Time Machine Conference.

International Conference on Digital Encounters with Cultural Heritage’ under the patronage of CIPA. On March 30th and 31st 2017, the joint event of the Technical University Dresden, the University of Würzburg, and the University of Wroclav took place in Dresden. Scholars from 14 nations presented their work on urban history and digital methods.

Winter School - Interactive Spaces’. The HCI chair invited a group of 30 highly motivated people for 10 days to learn about human-computer interaction, interfaces, and evaluation methods. The winter school covered a broad range of topics including interactive graphics, virtual- and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and computer games.

Edited Books

2018 Digital Research and Education in Architectural Heritage’ constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 5th Conference on Digital Encounters with Cultural Heritage, DECH 2017, and the First Workshop on Research and Education in Urban History in the Age of Digital Libraries, UHDL 2017, held in Dresden, Germany, in March 2017.


HistKI: AI-based support of image source research and criticism
The project HistKI aims to explore the support and modelling of image source research and criticism as a complex and fundamental historical-scientific working technique through multimodal AI-based procedures.
HistStadt4D: 'Multimodal access to historic image repositories to support the research and communication of city and architectural history' is a BMBF-funded junior scientist group. The research group investigates and develops methodical and technological approaches in order to merge, structure and annotate images in media repositories and additional information related to their place and time.
GAL - Generating asemic languages using deep learning
Winner in the Hochschulwettbewerb of the German Science Year 2019 - Artificial Intelligence. The project is dedicated to the generation of languages without semantic meaning.
Beyond safety and efficiency in acute care: The experience of an embodied staff-environment interaction
In this project we are exploring human-centered pervasive interaction between staff and technology in acute care.


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