Portfolio of services
VRVis is Austria's leading institute for applied research in visual computing and has earned international acclaim for its work. We develop solutions and prototypes to meet our customers' exact requirements – solutions and prototypes that go on to have a direct bearing on challenges that trade and industry are currently facing.
Visualisation helps make decisions
Vast quantities of data are collected via numerous sensors, imaging systems in medicine and photography, geoinformation systems, calculations such as simulations – even social networks and everyday office work. Over the next few years, we expect to see a further increase in the volume of data we handle, which will be driven by the "Internet of Things" along with various other factors. If we are to derive any benefit from this data – such as being able to optimise processes in trade and industry or gain new insights or develop new ideas and process models – it will be absolutely vital to have it analysed and evaluated. Visual computing is the solution to this very problem.
The spectrum of services we offer our customers ranges from optimising technologies, processes and solutions through to manufacturing prototypes. Our services are aimed not only at industrial enterprises and service providers of any size but also at government and society.
Benefit from the expertise of VRVis
Industrial enterprises and services providers of any size stand to benefit from VRVis's comprehensive knowledge, consummate software skills and many years of experience. VRVis can also bring its specialist expertise to bear for small and medium-sized companies that do not have their own R&D departments, by providing them with research services and building prototypes which can then be used to develop innovative custom solutions. VRVis's overriding business objective is to actively collaborate with partners from trade and industry in order to develop products and proposals together. It is for this reason that VRVis works closely with the Vienna and Graz Universities of Technology, the University of Vienna, as well as with a whole host of other international research centres such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), translating the findings of our basic research into ready-to-use prototypes and innovations for the industry.
What we offer:
- Research and feasibility analysis
- Consulting projects
- Application-led research and development
- Custom solutions
VRVis comprises not only high-level researchers and experts in the field of visual computing – its staff also offer advice and support in matters of funding and the financing of projects:
- Choosing the right funding scheme
- Help with writing applications
- Project management
- Reporting to the funding body
A main aspect of VRVis services is scientific research. VRVis strives actively to advance the state-of-the-art in its fields through active basic research conducted together with scientific partners. Numerous awards as well as publications at the top international conferences confirm the high standard of our work. Young researchers often do their master or PhD thesis at VRVis, thus earning their first research experiences and successes. The results of the basic research are the foundation for the following applied research projects.
Applied industrial research
With basic research as the first key pillar in our range of services, the second key pillar is applied research with a clear focus on industrial applications. Staff at VRVis are trained to "speak the language" of each of our different partners in industry in order to act as the perfect intermediary between them and universities. They can tailor the wide range of project services they offer the industry partner they are working with to suit their needs, from making a research prototype through to its direct implementation in the company's software architecture. VRVis attaches great importance to running research projects within clients' budgets and time frames.
Long years of intensive research have led to a large number of software components that have developed into platforms and now provide an effective basis for many innovative projects. The fields of application range from high-performance visual computing and biomedical visualisation through to data analysis tools and the evaluation of simulation results.
The following VRVis software platforms are being used in a number of application-oriented projects:
- Brain* for management, analysis and visualisation in eScience
- Aardvark for smart modelling, photogrammetric reconstruction and interactive presentation
- Visplore for validation, analysis and decision making on the basis of multivariate data
- Visdom combines visualization, simulation, and analysis techniques to assist decision making in the geospatial domain.
eScience Software Platform Brain*
Understanding how the brain works is one of the biggest challenges addressed by neuroscience. This research is highly data intensive and requires dedicated software infrastructures to enable and accelerate the discovery of the complex interplay of genes, structure and function.
Brain* is a complete software suite supporting image based neural circuit research at all stages. It provides a complete integrated software infrastructure supporting data management from image alignment (BrainWarp), storage (BrainBase), publication (BrainBaseSync), quality control and data visualisation (BrainGazer) through to information retrieval and knowledge discovery in large and dynamically growing data sets of confocal images and related annotated structures (BrainMining). The framework has been designed to handle extremely large amounts of image data in a stable manner and ensures fast semantic and spatial accessibility of all stored data. Brain* has been initially developed by VRVis in cooperation with the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, where it provides the IT ecosystem for drosophila research.
Visual Computing Software Platform Aardvark
VRVis projects can draw from a huge treasury of existing software components; we don’t have to keep re-inventing the wheel. Aardvark combines know-how from many VRVis projects into a powerful framework of programs and libraries for a variety of applications in the field of visual computing. Aardvark can be applied in a whole range of areas. They include intelligent geometrical reconstruction and modelling tools, physically accurate lighting design in real time, as well as conventional visualisations of infrastructure projects and planetary scans from NASA missions.
Components from Aardvark enable users to save time and focus more quickly on the essentials. In turn, projects based on Aardvark extend this resource framework by adding new components, thereby creating an extraordinary software database, some of which is available as open source. A wide range of users and projects thus guarantee the smooth functionality of the complex algorithms. Aardvark consists of 100 libraries for use in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer vision, image processing and photogrammetric reconstruction.
Visual Analytics Software Platform Visplore
Visplore is a software technology for the efficient implementation of customised analysis applications. Flexible and combinable visualisations, interactions and calculations open up a completely new form of ‘dialogue with data’. This enables human knowledge, intuition and visual perception to be combined with the computing power of modern IT, so that the growing flood of data can be used to improve understanding and decision-making – comprehensively, profoundly, and in real time. Current applications range from energy supply, engine development, production and health economics through to aviation.
Typical fields of use within these areas include data validation, support in statistical modelling, e.g. for validating and selecting forecast models, and sensitivity analysis of indicators in terms of changing parameters. As a result, the causes of defective components in production, or inaccuracies in forecasting energy use, can be identified and clearly communicated in just a few minutes. As well as its flexibility and performance, Visplore features unique visualisation technologies which have won awards at international conferences. The latest research results in the field of visual analytics help users gain decisive insights and facilitate more reliable decision-making.
Decison Support Software Platform Visdom
Decision-making in complex situations is a major success factor in economy, industry and society. The challenge here is the huge amount of complex, heterogeneous information that needs to be taken into account.
Visdom combines the simulation, visualisation and interactive analysis of results in a single application, which enables the intuitive implementation and comparison of multiple simulation runs. The rapid decision-making procedures developed in Visdom by way of example for flood management can be adapted and applied to many other areas, for instance for fighting large fires, for traffic simulations or for evacuation planning. The scenarios can be compared on-screen and a robust, workable solution can be found quickly for the situation in question. The combination of simulation and visualisation within a single tool provides intuitive user guidance. Visdom is being developed in a series of research projects by VRVis Vienna and the Institut für Wasserbau und Ingenieurshydrologie (Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Engineering Hydrology) at the Vienna University of Technology.
Visual computing is an interdisciplinary technology. This means that there is no fixed industrial field in which the findings of research will be used, but rather that they can be applied in any and all markets that make use of computer graphics. Below is a list detailing examples of areas in which we work in both research and industry.
Industry and manufacturing
- Overview of big production data for improved quality management
- Process optimization by visual analysis of correlations, trends, and anomalies
- Detailed comparison of products, plants, process settings, ...
- Quality assurance in production processes through Computer Vision and Machine Learning
- Interactive visual analysis of data obtained from simulations to optimise engines
- Volume visualisation to test parts of materials without damaging them
- Flow visualisation for various different particle imaging techniques
- Realistic rendering for depicting the interiors of cars
Infrastructure building, operation and maintenance, traffic solutions
- 3D reconstruction of objects using data obtained from scanned images and laser scans
- Visualisation of large areas (cities, sections of motorways, railway lines, building complexes, etc.)
- Linking three-dimensional objects with meta data, e.g. visitor numbers, access roads, visibility analysis
- Realistic depiction of vegetation and the effect of lighting
- Flood management
- Visualization of sensor-data within tunnels
Medicine and biotechnology
- Volume visualisation of data taken from medical studies
- Imaging process for biotechnological research
- Operations planning and training
- Overview of many time series for efficient data quality assessment
- Plausibility check of time series from production, consumption, meteorology, trade, ...
- Validation and optimization of forecast models by identification of dependencies and structural breaks
- Detailed analysis of anomalies, clusters, and trends
Cultural heritage and creative industries
- Tactile and 3D technologies in art and culture
- Reconstruction and depiction of objects of historical importanc
Visual computing is also used in...
- Virtual and augmented reality
- Safety research
- Fluid mechanics
- Film and television
- Man-machine interaction, etc.