VRVis Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung Forschungs-GmbH
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Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
VRVis Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung Forschungs-GmbH
Donau-City-Straße 11, 1220, Wien (Austria)
The internationally recognised VRVis is Austria‘s leading non profit research institution in the field of visual computing and is part of the Austrian Flagship Research Competence Program COMET conducted by FFG. Through our expertise in basic research as well as in applied research, we are instrumental in positioning Austria as a leading technological and knowledge-based region in Europe. Internationality is reflected not only in our scientific network, but also in our team, our cooperation partners as well as clients from all over the world.
We see our task as building a bridge between science and industry. We strengthen the innovative power of mainly domestic companies and drive technological development. Furthermore, we also publicise our projects and achievements to the general public through active science communication and therefore contribute to public discussion.
Our research focus at VRVis is Visual Computing. We transform data into information and images. Images are a universal means of communication: they are understandable and accessible. Therefore, we present data, contexts and issues in the best possible visual and interactive form. The person who sees can understand.
Visualization is not limited to any industry, so our research projects at VRVis cover a wide range of data types and applications including engine simulation, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, aerial photography, laser range scans, financial data, and seismic measurements for oil field research. The goal of our research is to visualize data so that they can provide an important basis for decision-making. The key factors are real-time capability, interaction as well as quality and accuracy of the resulting visual representations.
Visual Computing is a cross-section technology. This means that there is not a fixed industry area for the application of the research results, but rather a large number of markets using the computer graphics tool. Solutions and prototypes are developed by us according to customer-specific requirements and have direct reference to current tasks in industry and economy. The following is a list of the markets in which we operate:
- Automotive Industries
- Catastrophe management
- Cultural Heritage
- Industry and manufacturing
- Infrastructure and traffic solutions
- Medicine and biotechnology
- Other markets
- Artificial Intelligence
- Machine learning, Deep learning
- Biomedical visualization
- Image data mining and spatial indexing
- Image data and open research data management
- Human computer interaction
- Visual Analytics
- Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
- Interactive Visualization
- Geospatial Visualization
- 3D Reconstruction
- Additive Manufacturing
- Disaster Management and Visual Decision Support
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
Our four research areas (Visual Analytics, Smart Worlds, Multiple Senses and Complex Systems) are closely linked with our business areas (Automotive Industries, Catastrophe management, Cultural Heritage, Energy, Industry and manufacturing, Infrastructure and traffic solutions, Medicine and biotechnology, etc.). Therefore, our services for industry are always linked to state of the art research. We are linked to several platforms. A selection is as follows:
Austrian Industrie 4.0 initiative (http://plattformindustrie40.at/): The Association Industry 4.0 Austria - The Platform for Smart Production - was established to foster collaboration among all stakeholders and facilitate new technological developments and innovations in the context of digitization (‘Industry 4.0’) and thereby to find sustainable solutions to challenges faced by companies, research institutions and society as a whole.
Correlated Multi-Modal Imaging Node Austria (CMI) (http://www.bioimaging-austria.at/web/pages/about.php): The Correlated Multimodal Imaging Node Austria (CMI) is a professional consortium of multiple Austrian Science Institutions and the official Austrian BioImaging initiative. It is coordinated by the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni) and the Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities GmbH (VBCF). CMI is currently operated as an independent entity, but aims at becoming an integrative part of the Euro-BioImaging project.
Photonics Austria (https://www.photonics-austria.at/): The federal ministry for traffic, innovation and technology (bmvit) has initiated the installation of the Austrian technology platform Photonics Austria to establish a strong presence on national and international level together with representatives of economy and research and to promote the exchange between economy, research and teaching. The main tasks of Photonics Austria are to ensure the development of national and international research strategies and programs and to push the crosslinking with European activities.
GSV (http://www.gsv.co.at/): GSV is a unique platform in Austria advocating an efficient sustainable multimodal transport infrastructure as a basis for economic growth and continuous welfare for our citizens. GSV’s work is based on the conclusion that any further growth of transport of goods and people will have to be largely decoupled from the growth of available space for transport infrastructure.
We are aligned with the following RIS 3 strategies:
VRVis is making innovation within the Vienna region but is also internationally active. We are active in all kind of market segments. Therefore, we have a lot of synergies in these markets within our core competence of Visual Computing, which includes also Artificial Intelligence methods (e.g. machine learning and deep learning).
Our company partners benefit from our excellent network of universities, research institutes and clusters and platforms (see above). To increase our network and to give the region access to it we will set up a DIH for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna.
VRVis is Austria's leading research center for visual computing and conducts with more than 70 employees innovative research and development projects in cooperation with industry and universities. This helps to make our region more visible to international companies and institutions.
VRVis bridges the gap between science and industry and makes successful know-how transfer since 2000. Hence, we know how to speak the language of industry partners and know about their technological challenges and respond to it with our solutions and/or research and development activities.
VRVis participated in the following H2020 and FP7 projects:
FP7 as beneficiary:
213968 IRIS FP7-NMP-2007-LARGE-1
225924 VisMaster CA FP7-ICT-2007-C
226042 SemSeg FP7-ICT-2007-C
290148 SUMMER FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
312377 PRoViDE FP7-SPACE-2012-1
H2020 as coordinator:
693229 ARCHES H2020-REFLECTIVE-6-2015
Market and Services
- Electricity, gas and water supply
- Mining and quarrying
- Transport, storage and communication
- Public administration and defence
- Health and social work
- Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
- Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
- Manufacture of machinery and equipment
- Manufacture of transport equipment
- Other Manufacturing
- Other markets
- TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
- TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
- TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
- TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
- TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
- TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
- TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Education and skills development
- Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
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
- GEARViewer is a powerful visualisationframework for infrastructure projects
- Visplore for validation, analysis and decision making on the basis of multivariate data
- Visdom combines visualisation, simulation, and analysis techniques to assist decision making in the geospatial domain.
A major aspect of our services at VRVis includes scientific research. Through committed basic research in collaboration with scientific partners, we actively push the current state of research. Because state-of-the-art is not enough for us! Numerous awards and publications at the most important conferences confirm the international top level of our work. The results of our research form the basis for industry-related research projects.
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.
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.
(Part of) Private organization
Number of employees
- Horizon 2020
- National basic research funding
- National specific innovation funding
- Regional funding
- Private funding
Number of customers annually
Type of customers
- Start-up companies
- SMEs (<250 employees)
- MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
- Large companies, multi-nationals
- Research organisations
AVL LIST GMBH
Technical University Graz
Otto-von-Guericke University Mageburg
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Research & Technology organization
Correlated Multimodal Imaging Node Austria (CMI)
Research & Technology organization
- Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
- Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
- Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
- Advanced or High performance computing
- Data mining, big data, database management
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
- Simulation and modelling
- Additive manufacturing (3D printing)