Universität Bielefeld - Faculty of Technology - Artificial Intelligence Group

Virtuelle Werkstatt
A demonstration platform
for virtual-reality-based prototyping
using gesture and speech

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Started in November 2001, the project "Virtuelle Werkstatt" aimed to combine and extend research results in multimodal human-computer interaction and immersive CAD systems to develop a generic demonstration platform for virtual prototyping based on Virtual Reality (VR) technology. Multimodal interaction is concerned with the processing of gesture and speech based user input to drive the modifications of a 3D-visualized scene. Immersive CAD is concerned with the design, exploration and evaluation of virtual prototypes of planned mechanical assemblies using VR simulations. The virtual prototypes are displayed in realistic size by a CAVE-like multi-sided projection system that facilitates research on both manipulative and communicative gestures for interaction with close and distant virtual parts. In the application domain of variant design of "Citymobile" vehicles, the project pursued the following goals:

Project team:
Prof. Dr. Ipke Wachsmuth, Dr. Marc Erich Latoschik, Dr. Peter Biermann, Dipl.-Inform. Christian Fröhlich, and (till 2003) Dr.-Ing Bernhard Jung

Student staff (2006/07):
Felix Rabe, Nils Peuser

Demo: [mpg; 71 MB] – TV broadcast (in German) "Projekt Zukunft", Deutsche Welle Fernsehen weltweit, 15 Jan 2006 (first showing)

Project related publications:

Supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) 2001-2004; 2006-2007.

Last change: Ipke Wachsmuth, 2009-05-29