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.


  • New members in the VIS group
    We are happy to announce that Janine Zöllner and Jorik Jakober have joined the VIS group to pursue their PHD’s in the area of application-based Virtual Reality research. Janine will be working on radiochemistry applications and Jorik in the medical domain.
  • Goodbye
    We say goodbye to our colleagues Sylvia Saalfeld and Sebastian Wagner. Sylvia went to the Technical University of Ilmenau to lead the group for Computational Medicine. Sebastian went to work in the industry. We thank Sylvia and Sebastian for the scientific work they contributed to our group and for the great time we had together with them as our colleagues. We wish them all the best for their future!
  • New Book

    The book “Visualization, Visual Analytics and Virtual Reality in Medicine” (authored by Bernhard Preim, Renata Raidou, Noeska Smit and Kai Lawon) is ready and scheduled to appear on June 1. Here is a link to the book:

    Visualization, Visual Analytics and Virtual Reality in Medicine – 1st Edition (elsevier.com) 

  • VisGroup@EuroVis

    We are happy to announce that the following submission of Sarah Mittenentzwei was accepted at EuroVis this year.

    S. Mittenentzwei, V. Weiß, S. Schreiber, L. A. Garrison, S. Bruckner, M. Pfister, B. Preim, and M. Meuschke: Do Disease Stories Need a Hero? Effects of Human Protagonists on a Narrative Visualization about Cerebral Small Vessel Disease





  • Habilitation Thesis defended

    Monique Meuschke finished her Post-Doctoral Lecture Qualification (Habilitation) with a successful defense of her thesis entitled “Interactive Medical Visualization for Experts and Broad Audiences”. Moniques’ research covers a broad spectrum of visualization techniques for experts, i.e. primarily physicians, and broad audiences. Her focus is on medical applications but she also tackled problems beyond this area such as conflict research.

  • 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.