Human-Computer Interaction

Prof. Dr. Florian Niebling

Head of Media Informatics

Florian studied computer science at University of Stuttgart. Working as deputy head of the visualization group 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, as well as the interaction with data in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and on the desktop. 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.


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

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

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.

Contact Details

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

Phone: +49 (0) 931 31 88343
Room: 1.024 (Building Computer Science / Physics, Hubland South)
Consultation-Hour: Tue 14-15h by appointment

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