Today’s briefing started at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24th, 2017 and I didn‘t know what to expect. We had been attending some impressive presentations about multiple projects at SFB-TRR-161 and now I really wanted to know more about the entire work.

Presentation of my work at the end of the BOGY week.

After this initial event, I went to the office of Michael Hund, my adviser and contact person for the first part of the week. He gave me some information about his work and the project he and his colleagues work on and introduced me to the major topic “visualization”. I decided to do what he proposed and started writing a program for visualization of data sets through “Parallel Coordinates”; first I worked on the IRIS data set. During the following two days, I was able to finish the program so far that it was able to visualize the IRIS data set and a wine data set with multiple colors and a nice format.

Basically, I worked from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but I had to go to some lectures of the “Schülerstudium”, a great opportunity for students to get an impression of a student’s life while still being at school. The “powerwall” we were shown was a really impressive experience,  because it is a approximately 10m² large wall with two cinema projectors to show 3-D-pictures in huge relations. Its resolution is 4MP and best for viewing large pictures of visualized data; you can really see the smallest details.

Another highlight was a demonstration of eDavid, a painting robot, which has been developed as far as to create the best result. It even takes part in a competition on “RobotArt”. On the third day, I met another member of this group, Till Niese. He gave me some pre-implemented code which I could use to go on programming the “Snake-Game”, which actually worked pretty well. The longer I worked on this code, the more I understood of the given code. At the end of the week, I had finished both, the visualization program and the game.

I liked this week a lot. It was very impressive to have a look at these different projects the people work on and to see some other, exciting, technical things you wouldn’t normally see.

I would like to thank the whole BOGY team and my advisers for providing me an insight into their work.


Steffen Auer ist student at the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule in Konstanz and has completed a one-week-long internship (BOGY) working at the SFB-TRR 161 projects A04 and A03. Currently he participates in the school pupil programm of the department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Konstanz.

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