Dieter Schmalstieg has recently moved to the University of Stuttgart with the research agenda to bring visualization and augmented reality (AR) closer together. As AR makes great strides towards wider commercial adoption, the visual interfaces enabled by AR ("situated analytics") finally move into the focus of research. Unlike traditional visualization research, situated analytics depends on location, context, live streaming data, and the availability of a digital twin of the user's environment. This talk examines how these factors influence and expand the research space of visualization and how the new field may develop.


Sine 10/2023, Dieter Schmalstieg is Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Visual Computing at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He is also an adjunct professor at the Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision at Graz University of Technology, Austria. His current research interests are augmented reality, virtual reality, computer graphics, visualization and human-computer interaction. He received Dipl.-Ing. (1993), Dr. techn. (1997) and Habilitation (2001) from Vienna University of Technology. He is author and co-author of over 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications with over 20,000 citations and over twenty best paper awards and nominations. His organizational roles include associate editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, associate editor of Frontiers in Robotics and AI, member of the steering committee of the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, chair of the EUROGRAPHICS working group on Virtual Environments (1999-2010), key researcher of the K-Plus Competence Center for Virtual Reality and Visualization in Vienna and key researcher of the Know-Center in Graz. In 2002, he received the START career award presented by the Austrian Science Fund. In 2008, he founded the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Handheld Augmented Reality. In 2012, he received the IEEE Virtual Reality technical achievement award, and, in 2020, the IEEE ISMAR Career Impact Award. He was elected as Fellow of IEEE, as a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea, and the IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Academy.