Whenever we want to change things and strive for new visions, we have to understand an existing system in the first place. For that purpose scientists are working on extensive tests and studies, they take measurements and collect statistical data. The more understandable and evident their data collections are, the easier they will gain new findings and subsequently explain their results and ideas to others. With increasing complexity of the data and considering that properties and parameters may change over time, it becomes difficult to analyze the data manually. Visual computing scientists work on new applications and new methods for a better handling of this data using software systems.
Smartphones take our holiday pictures, send a reminder of upcoming appointments, and help us find the way to a meeting point. Cars are learning to see, computer generated images entertain us in cinemas and video games, and we view new products online in 3D before purchase.