With our technological achievements, we want to contribute to making life ecologically and economically safe and sustainable now and in the future. The focus of the scientific work at VRVis and all our applications is: people. As a COMET center, we conduct application-oriented cutting-edge research at an international level and are very active in the areas which are strategically important for Austria and the global context: digitalization, mobility, climate protection as well as health.

Visual computing is a cross-sectional technology that is not limited to individual industries. Thanks to our expertise in algorithms and data structures as well as the use of the latest technologies and applications, which we develop in the context of basic research, we find solutions for the data of different markets and use cases: These include numerous projects on climate change adaptation, sustainabilization of existing technologies, development of inclusive and barrier-free solutions for a more equitable society, digital tools for the optimized use of GreenTech as well as interdisciplinary collaboration and visual communication - all "Made in Austria".

A brief overview of our research contribution to achieving the following sustainable development goals:

SDG 3 „Health and wellbeing"

We support modern, digital medicine with innovative methods and intelligent applications to better prevent diseases, detect them faster and treat them more efficiently. With the help of visualization, image processing and data science, we accelerate diagnostic processes and implement solutions for surgical planning systems or intervention planning. We use data platforms and data science solutions to enable a better understanding of epidemiological processes and to drive the development of personalized or precision medicine.

SDG 4 "Quality education"

The combination of Extended Reality (XR) and Immersive Analytics allows information to be detached from the two-dimensional screen. Complex data thus becomes visually accessible to humans as well as spatially and sensorially experienceable. This expands and accelerates decision-making processes, which is especially important in training, remote sensing (space, strategic planning in inaccessible areas and abroad) or in dangerous and cost-intensive use cases.

SDG 5 "Gender equality"

Women are still underrepresented in computer science and academia. Gender mainstreaming is therefore an important building block for fully exploiting our future potential as a society and business location. This includes measures to increase equality and for greater diversity within companies, as well as gender-sensitive research. VRVis is doubly committed to the issues of equal opportunities and the advancement of women: at the institutional level and equally as research content. Due to our diverse, long-term activities, VRVis has been a pioneer for years in terms of the proportion of female scientists and computer scientists employed. The quota of our research center is constantly above 32%, while the number of female graduates in study programs in the field of visual computing is only 13% throughout Austria. In addition, we also implement numerous measures in science communication to help raise awareness and bring women into computer research. The Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) highlights VRVis as a best practice company in the context of FEMtech: VRVis shows "outstanding commitment to the topic of equal opportunities".

SDG 7 "Clean energy"

The energy transition is necessary, but in combination with rising energy consumption, it presents the industry with enormous challenges. It needs innovative, digital solutions that can also facilitate the expansion of infrastructure and answer questions of storage options. Increasing amounts of data are accumulating that can only be managed with new analysis methods. VRVis provides the energy industry with solutions for predictive modeling (data-driven forecasting), which is used in the area of grid utilization or maintenance of hydropower plants. We develop visual computing solutions for Big Data exploration, which is particularly important for supply stability. With artificial intelligence applications, we support the energy industry by providing helpful tools for analysis with anomaly and pattern recognition, especially for questions of scalability and specifically for large data masses on feed-in, load development or climate situation.

SDG 9 "Industry, innovation and infrastructure"

With its concept for Industry 5.0, the EU has committed itself to a sustainable, human-centered and resilient development of this sector. The focus is on people, all employees involved in production as well as the end users. VRVis is active as a project partner of the European Digital Innovation Hub AI5production and supports as a technology institution the industry and economy with human-centered AI solutions or related technologies in the digital transformation. VRVis has also been researching intelligent reconstruction methods and software applications for 3D modeling for a long time - the building sector in particular is responsible for around one third of all climate emissions and requires major improvements in the sense of "Net Zero". In the future, more sustainability is planned for individual and freight transport; VRVis is contributing to the digitalization of rail and public transport here with two lighthouse projects together with ÖBB and Wiener Linien. The focus is also on projects for urban planning and smart cities, energy and heat planning, and lighting simulation, which aims to increase comfort and reduce energy consumption. Visualizations are often helpful in these areas: for example, for public communication on complex infrastructure projects, for digital planning by means of Building Information Modeling (BIM), or also for monitoring and quality management.

SDG 10 "Reduced inequalities"

Informatics creates inclusive solutions: At VRVis, we have been researching at the intersection of society, health, public space and accessibility for more than two decades to find new ways for participation through interdisciplinary science projects. These include transnational EU projects such as ARCHES, with which we are preparing museums for the 21st century and making visual art multisensory accessible for visually impaired and blind people. In another project, we use medically accurate virtual reality simulations of eye diseases and visual impairments to check whether urban spaces and public facilities are designed to be barrier-free in terms of signage, escape routes, and guidance or lighting systems. We have already been awarded several international prizes for our inclusive visual computing research and solutions for more participation.

SDG 11 "Sustainable cities and communities"

Cities and communities are already feeling the effects of climate change strongly. Heat waves are more frequent and longer, and extreme weather events such as heavy rain and flooding are on the rise. Local measures in urban regions have great potential to mitigate the situation. For example, innovative urban development concepts ("Sponge City") can not only tame rainwater that accumulates at increasingly short notice and with greater intensity, but also put it to productive use. Here, the worldwide unique and fastest flood simulation viscloud from VRVis is already being used in many countries. viscloud vividly depicts measures for water-sensitive urban design by showing elements such as green roofs, retention storage and open drains, making it easier to plan blue-green infrastructure. viscloud also plays a major role in the HORA 3D project unveiled in June 2023 by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the insurance association VVO and VRVis. Hora 3D is the world's first interactive 3D map of an entire state that simulates personalized flood hazards in seconds and visualizes them in three dimensions. The service is publicly available and free of charge to all citizens ( The project is a showcase example of a human-centered visual computing solution that serves low-threshold risk communication and helps raise awareness.

SDG 12 "Responsible consumption and production"

Sustainable and resilient production chains are an important basis for conscious consumption, but also for strengthening our competitiveness in the long term. At VRVis, we develop solutions to raise economic sectors and goods production in a resilient, safe and resource-efficient way. This includes using Artificial Intelligence-powered remote sensing solutions to improve farmland evaluation and support biodiversity, optimizing industrial 3D printing, as well as implementing the latest AI solutions in production operations of all kinds, as we are supporting in the EDIH AI5production.

SDG 13 Climate action"

Tackling climate change is the central issue of our time. We must drastically reduce CO2 emissions in order to reduce global warming. Effective climate change adaptation strategies must be established so that we and our habitats can cope with climatic changes as best we can. This includes simulating and planning blue-green infrastructure and transforming urban regions into modern sponge cities. VRVis is already doing all of this with its globally unique viscloud hydrodynamic software. This software has been developed at VRVis for over a decade with a total research effort of 40 person-years and sets Austria apart internationally as a hidden champion in flood and heavy rain simulation. But also with EU projects like GREENGAGE we contribute to anchor environmental protection and the improvement of quality of life in our society by enabling social participation through simple digital tools.

SDG 16 "Peace, justice and strong institutions"

Due to new technologies and security developments, peacekeeping missions as well as national defense missions are undergoing a paradigm shift. Changes in information and communication bring challenges, but also offer opportunities, including for security and rescue maneuvers. Austria, as a neutral country, has a special role to play here. In this context, VRVis has developed a VR mission planning application for the Federal Ministry of Defense (BMLV) and the Institute of Military Geoscience that covers geographic information requirements and mission-oriented strategic planning - for mission planning, maneuver exercises or for planning rescue operations. Together with VRVis, the Army Logistics School of the Austrian Armed Forces has developed a virtual environment that enables safe training of secure ammunition storage. This is essential, especially in security issues and for ammunition logistics. The VR solution will be used in national and international courses in the future.



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Simulation of floods and heavy rain

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Checklist heavy rain & floods (german only)

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Portfolio hydrodynamic modelling (german only)

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