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Virtual Arabia

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This project was implemented in the framework of the partnership between the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and TUM

The goal of this project is to develop a virtual environment for the interactive visual exploration of Saudi Arabia. In contrast to virtual globe viewers like Google Earth, this environment will allow the user to look both above and underneath the earth surface in an integrated way. It will, thus, provide interactive means for the visual exploration of 3D geological structures and dynamic seismic processes as well as atmospheric processes and effects or built or planned infrastructure. The specific techniques required to support such functionality will be integrated into a generic infrastructure for visual computing, allowing essentially all KAUST Research Institutes to use parts of this functionality in other applications. In particular, we expect close impact on and links to the KAUST 3D Modelling and Visualisation Centre and the KAUST Computational Earth Sciences Centre.

Magic Lens for Layered Visualization

Research Highlights

For the latest developments please check the individual subprojects bellow.


K2.1 Hardware and System Software Platform Evaluation, Implementation, and Optimisation for Virtual Arabia
K2.2 Efficient Hierarchical Interfaces of Computation and Visualisation
K2.3 Innovative Methods of VR and AR for a Visual Computing Infrastructure
K2.4 GIS2BIM: Multi-Resolution Models of Constructions and Built Infrastructure
K2.5 Realtime Visual Computing: Core Visualisation Methodology

Cooperation within KAUST and MAC



Subproject Leaders:

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Bungartz (Principal Investigator) Scientific Computing
Prof. Dr. Dr.-Ing. habil. Arndt Bode Computer Architecture
Prof. Gudrun Klinker, Ph.D. Augmented Reality
Prof. Dr. Ernst Rank Computing in Engineering
Prof. Dr. RĂ¼diger Westermann Computer Graphics & Visualization

Project Members:

Amal Benzina
Dr. Gerrit Buse
Dr. Alin Murarasu
Dr. Marcus Toennis
Dr. Vasco Varduhn
Dr. Marc Treib
Dr. Christian Dick
Dr. Tobias Weinzierl


Please check the individual subprojects for up to date publications lists.