In production automation, different disciplines (mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, …) are working on a multitude of interdependent engineering documents under high pressure regarding time and cost. At same time, many teams are distributed over different continents to make the situation even harder to handle. To maintain an overview, understand relationships, create a common understanding and then make decisions is becoming increasingly challenging. For this reason, the Chair of Automation and Information System will explore new forms of visualization and interaction with complex information in the field of automation.
The Visual Computing Laboratory (VCL) will serve as a means to reach into new areas of visualization and interaction with complex information in the field of automation. The scenarios range from the complete immersion into the Virtual Reality (e.g. VR glasses, haptic feedback) to “business suitable” concepts using a VR-Wall and 3D stereoscopy. As subject of investigation, the complex relationships between engineering documents of different disciplines are to be examined more closely.
The goal of research in the VCL is to discuss and handle complex information and their relationships with each other (“connect”) and a better understanding ("comprehend") by using the expanded possibilities of visualization and interaction ("experience").