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.


  • Master Thesis Defended

    Aaron Schroeder defended his Master thesis on “Smoke-Like Visualization of Aortic Dissection Hemodynamics” with the best possible grade. Aaron adapted sophisticated flow visualization methods to display simulated flow in aortic dissections, clearly distinguishing flow in the true and false lumen as well as antegrade and retrograde flow. This work was accomplished in close cooperation with Dr. Gabriel Mistelbauer and his team from Stanford University.

  • EuroVis Early Career Award 2024

    Monique Meuschke was awarded with the EuroVis Early Career Award to recognize her significant contributions to medical flow visualization and narrative visualization. This prestigious award is given to only one young scientist (up to seven years after getting the PhD).

  • Habilitation Thesis Defended

    Gabriel Mistelbauer, Stanford University, defended his Habilitation on “Visual Analysis of Selected Anatomies” successfully. In his thesis and talk, he summarized his research activities on map-based visualizations and 3D renderings for diagnosing aortic dissections, diseases of the placenta, and teeth. Gabriel was a member of the VisGroup from 2016 to 2022 and still actively cooperates with our group.

  • New Member in the VIS Group

    Welcome to Anna Kleinau, our new staff member. Anna brings considerable experience in narrative visualization and visual analytics also based on an employment at our former staff member, Prof. Steffen Oeltze-Jafra from Medical School Hannover. Anna aims to bridge visual analytics and narrative visualization.

  • Survey Article on Metaphors in MedVis Completed

    Our article “A Survey of Medical Visualization through the Lens of Metaphors” was accepted at IEEE TVCG. The image shows a visual representation of the surgical control tower, a metaphor developed at ICCAS in Leipzig.

  • New Journal Paper Accepted

    We are happy to announce that our paper on visual storytelling techniques in spatio-temporal data stories was recently accepted at the Computer Graphics Forum. Adapting existing design spaces, we analyzed 130 online stories to distill the most common techniques used in them:
    B. Mayer, N. Steinhauer, B. Preim, M. Meuschke: A Characterization of Interactive Visual Data Stories With a Spatio-Temporal Context

  • Mareen Allgaier@ISMAR, Sydney, 18.10.2023

    Mareen presented her paper on “LiVRSono – Virtual Reality Training with Haptics for Intraoperative Ultrasound”. This paper is joint work with physicians from the University hospital Mainz, with Sylvia Saalfeld from Ilmenau university and Christian Hansen from the VR/AR group.
    It is the first ISMAR contribution from the Vis group.

  • New member in the VIS group

    Welcome to Kai Ostendorf, our new staff member. Kai brings considerable experience in vessel visualization and image analysis, primarily related to Aortic dissections where he collaborates with our former staff member, Dr. Mistelbauer from the radiology department of Stanford University.

  • Vis Group at VCBM

    Our group was present with three papers and talks at this year’s VCBM-workshop (vcbm.org).
    The first paper is a cooperation with the University Medical Center and deals with visualization support for tumor board preparation and discussion
    based on an analysis of the current patients’ history and the whole database of previously treated patients.
    The second and third paper are on narrative medical visualization. First we discussed different variants to convey the growth of vascular pathologies and tumors. The final paper presents our experiences with generating characters, in particular representing patients and their development over time.

    Visual analytics to support treatment decisions in late-stage melanoma patients (Link Tumor Boards in Dermatology (eg.org))
    Calida Pereira, Uli Niemann, Braun Andreas, Miriam Mengoni, Thomas Tüting, Bernhard Preim, Monique Meuschke.

    Communicating pathologies and growth to a general audience (Link Communicating Pathologies and Growth (eg.org))
    Sarah Mittenentzwei, Sophie Mlitzke, Kai Lawonn, Bernhard Preim, Monique Meuschke.

    Reflections on AI-assisted character design for data-driven medical stories (Link Character Design for Medical Stories (eg.org))
    Beatrice Budich, Laura Garrison, Bernhard Preim, Monique Meuschke.

  • Goodbye and Thank you!

    Patrick pioneered the use of advanced 3D interaction and Virtual Reality in our group, dealing with a wide range of applications in medicine (heart surgery, hand and skull anatomy, liver surgery) and beyond. In particular, his work as key developer in an EU project on radiochemistry is influential. Moreover, he developed a 3D puzzle for reconstructing an essential part of Magdeburg’s cathedral – a system that is still presented in the cathedral. After nine years as PhD and Post-Doc., Patrick now extends his freelancing work that he started years ago. We wish him the best of luck for his future!