Research Profile Tobias Schreck

Since May 2015, I am a Professor with the Institute for Computer Graphics and Knowledge Visualization at the Faculty for Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering of TU Graz. My research interests are in 3D Object Retrieval and Processing, Visual Analytics, and Visual Search for Digital Library applications. Central research questions include how large collections of 3D object and abstract (e.g., high-dimensional and spatial-temporal) data can be visually represented for exploration; how queries and similarity functions for searching and processing of 3D and abstract data can be modeled and applied; and how automatic data analysis methods can be interactively visualized for better understanding and leveraging by users in data processing. Our considered application areas include large data exploration, visual search interfaces, 3D object search, and shape restoration in 3D Archeology.

Overview of my Research

3D Object Retrieval

Visual Analytics


Previous Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor (W1 Juniorprofessor) for Visual Analytics with University of Konstanz (04/2011-04/2015)
  • Head of Visual Search and Analysis Group with Interactive-Graphics Systems Group at Technische Universität Darmstadt (05/2007-03/2011)
  • Full-time research assistant with Databases and Visualization Group, Department for Computer and Information Science, University of Konstanz (11/2002-04/2006)


Current Funded Research Projects

  • Supervisor with the Joint PhD Degree Programme between Graz University of Technology and Nanyang Technological University, topic: 3D Shape Retrieval and Analysis (2015 - current)
  • EU FP 7 Project PRESIOUS - PREdictive digitization, reStoration and degradatIOn assessment of cultUral heritage objectS (principal investigator, 02/2013 - 01/2016)
  • EU FP 7 Project CONSENSUS - Multi-Objective Decision Making Tools through Citizen Engagement (principal co-investigator together with D. Keim, 10/2013 - 03/2016)
  • Research Project on Visual Search and Analysis in Research and Open Data within the Juniorprofessor Program of the State of Baden-Württemberg (principal investigator, 02/2013 - 01/2016)


Completed Research Projects

  • Research Cooperation with Fraunhofer IGD, Darmstadt on Visual Analysis of Large Time-Dependent and Relational Data (principal investigator, 01/2012 - 12/2013)
  • DFG project Visual Feature Space Analysis (principal investigator, SCHR 1229/1-1, 02/2009 - 01/2012)
  • Coordinating Senior Researcher for DFG LIS collaborative project PROBADO (03/2009- 03/2011)
  • Coordinator of work package in collaborative Leibniz project VisInfo, together with TIB Hannover and Fraunhofer IGD (01/2010 - 03/2011)
  • DFG German-Chile research cooperation on 3D Object Retrieval (principal investigator, SCHR 1229/2-1, 01/2010 - 12/2010)
  • Co-supervisor in DFG Graduate School on E-Learning at Technische Universität Darmstadt (10/2007 - 06/2010)


Co-chairing and Committee Work

  • Program chairing and IPC memberships
    – Program co-chair of ACM Web3D Conference (2015)
    – Co-chair for IEEE VIS Panels (2015), Workshops (2014 – 2012)
    – Poster co-chair IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (2009)
    – IPC member for IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (2015 – 2013)
    – IPC member for IS&T Visualization and Data Analysis (2016 – 2010)
    – IEEE Symposium on Large Data Analysis and Visualization (2015, 2014)
    – Eurographics Conference on Visualization (2015, 2014, 2011 – 2009)
  • Organizing Committee
    – Co-organizer of EG Workshop on 3D Object Retrieval (2013, 2011, 2010)
    – Co-chair for IEEE VIS Publicity (2011)


International Experience

  • Regular Research Visits with Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile (2015 - 2008)
  • Researcher with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, USA (04/2005 - 07/2005 and 08/2004 - 10/2004)


Obtained Degrees

  • Dr. rer. nat., Computer and Information Science Department, University of Konstanz, Germany (11/2002 - 12/2006). Thesis title: Effective Retrieval and Visual Analysis in Multimedia Databases
  • Master of Science in Information Engineering, Computer and Information Science Department, University of Konstanz, Germany (10/1999 - 10/2002)
  • Dipl.-Volkswirt (corresponds to Master of Science in Economics), Economics and Statistics Department, University of Konstanz, Germany (10/1993 - 08/1999)

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Tobias Schreck
Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat. M.Sc.

Institut für Computer Graphik und Wissensvisualisierung
Inffeldgasse 16c
8010 Graz


Publications Pure