Welcome to the Visualization Group at the University of Magdeburg

The group was established in March 2003 and is headed by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Preim.
The visualization group plays an active role in the bachelor and master programs of computational visualistics, visual computing, Medizintechnik, Medical Systems Engineering and Data and Knowledge Engineering.

We regularly offer lectures on Visualization, Visual Analytics, Human-Computer Interaction, Medical Visualization, Computer-Supported Diagnosis and Treatment and Visual Analytics in Healthcare. Our research is focussed on visualization and interaction techniques for medical education, diagnosis and therapy planning, rehabilitation and epidemiology.


  • Two research prices for members of our group

    Monique Meuschke will be distinguished with the research price of the Faculty for Computer Science for her overall scientific achievements, comprising 47 papers since 2014 and including 4 papers as first author for the IEEE TVCG journal.

    Anna Kleinau receives the Rudolf-Kruse price, the price for the best student research in 2022 for her major contribution to the paper

    “Is there a Tornado in Alex’s Blood Flow? A Case Study for Narrative Medical Visualization” published at this years’ VCBM woirkshop in Vienna (Link: https://diglib.eg.org/handle/10.2312/vcbm20221183)

  • PhD Thesis defended

    After only three years, Annika Niemann successfully defended her Phd thesis on “Multimodal Analysis of Intracranial Aneurysm Walls”. Annika made several contributions to the analysis of histology images, to characterize and classify aneurysmal wall tissue, and geometric deep learning tailored to 3D surface models. Her work was part of the DFG funded project “GEPARD – GEfäßwandsimulation und Visualisierung zur Patientenspezifischen Blutflussvorhersage für die intrakranielle AneuRysma-MoDellierung” lead by PD Sylvia Saalfeld and PD Philipp Berg.

  • New Journal Paper accepted

    Our first paper on narrative medical visualization was accepted at Computers & Graphics. In this paper, we suggest and evaluate a template for the communication of diseases. Moreover, we present a research agenda for narrative medical visualization.

    The paper can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S009784932200139X?dgcid=author

  • PhD Thesis defended

    On the 3rd of June, Sebastian Wagner successfully defended his Ph.D. Thesis on “Virtual Reality for the Assessment of Unilateral Spatial Neglect and the Therapy of Acrophobia”. Afterwards, at the Otto-von-Guericke monument, we were able to celebrate with him and revive the institute’s time-honored traditions.

  • Narrative Visualization Paper Presentations

    We have started a new video series to present papers from the rapidly evolving field of Narrative Visualization. You can find it here.

  • New Journal Paper accepted

    We are happy that our paper GUCCI – Guided Cardiac Cohort Investigation of Blood Flow Data was accepted at TVCG. The paper is about the visual analysis of cohort-based measured blood flow data in the aorta. GUCCI offers visual analytics techniques and novel visualization  methods to guide the user through the comparison of predefined cohorts, such as healthy volunteers and patients with a pathologically altered aorta.  The combination of overview and glyph-based depictions together with statistical cohort-specific information allows investigating differences and similarities of the time-dependent data. With the help of GUCCI Clinical experts were able to discover cohort-specific characteristics, which supports the derivation of standard values as well as the assessment of pathology-related severity and the need for treatment.

    The supplementary video of the paper can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp__cPzpr9Y

  • VisGroup @ Innovations en Anatomie

    We contributed to the “Innovations en Anatomie” lectures of the French “Académie de Chirurgie” with a talk on “VR and AR in anatomy teaching: https://youtu.be/5n6lV5j6PBg?t=2997

  • VisGroup@VCBM

    The Vis. group contributes with four papers to this year’s VCBM workshop (Link: vcbm.org)

    Benjamin Behrendt, David Pleuss-Engelhardt, Matthias Gutberlet and Bernhard Preim.

    “2.5D Geometric Mapping of Aortic Blood Flow Datafor Cohort Visualization”




    Vikram Apilla, Benjamin Behrendt, Kai Lawonn, Bernhard Preim, Monique Meuschke.

    “Automatic Animations to Analyze Blood Flow Data”




    Laura Garrison, Monique Meuschke, Jessica Fairman, Noeska N. Smit, Bernhard Preim, Stefan Bruckner.

    “An Exploration of Practice and Preferences for the VisualCommunication of Biomedical Processes”



    Kai Ostendorf, D. Mastrodicasa, Katja Bäumler, M. Codari, V. Turner, M. J. Willemink, D. Fleischmann, Bernhard Preim, Gabriel Mistelbauer.

    “Shading Style Assessment for VesselWall and Lumen Visualization”

  • 1st Place for the Dirk Bartz Price for Visual Computing in Medicine
    Benjamin Behrendt was awarded with the first place for the Dirk Bartz Price at the virtual 2021 EuroVIS conference. His work on visual exploration of cerebral blood flow data allows for the interactive selection and generation of flow features to support treatment decisions for physicians.
  • Reichart Prize Award 2021

    We are pleased to announce that our colleague Monique Meuschke has been awarded the Reichart Prize 2021.
    The Reichart Prize is awarded annually to excellent young researchers with an indisciplinary focus.
    This year, Monique Meuschke was able to prevail against 20 other applicants with her research focus on cerebral aneurysms.