Prof. Dr. Jürgen Döllner

Dr. Matthias Trapp

Matthias Trapp


Tel.: +49-(0)331 5509-3913
Fax: +49-(0)331 5509-172
Room: H-2.28
Email: matthias.trapp(at)hpi.de


Research Interests

Matthias Trapp currently works as a post-doctoral researcher, lecturer, and head of the research group '4DnD-Geovisualization' (InnoProfile Transfer Initiative) at HPI, Computergraphics Systems Chair. His research interests include the following topics:

  • GPU-based image and video processing techniques and frameworks 
  • Interactive GPU-based rendering techniques for massive spatio-temporal data
  • Focus+context visualization techniques for 3D virtual environments
  • Web-based visualization for mobility analytics
  • Interactive software maps

We also offer topics for master theses

Past Research Projects


Strategies for Visualizing Points-of-Interest of 3D Virtual Environments on Mobile Devices

Trapp, Matthias; Schneider, Lars; Holz, Norman; Döllner, Jürgen in 6th International Symposium on LBS & TeleCartography Springer , 2009 .

3D virtual environments are increasingly used as general- purpose medium for communicating spatial information. In particular, virtual 3D city models have numerous applications such as car naviga- tion, city marketing, tourism, and gaming. In these applications, points- of-interest (POI) play a major role since they typically represent features relevant for speci�c user tasks and facilitate eective user orientation and navigation through the 3D virtual environment. In this paper, we present strategies that aim at eectively visualizing points-of-interest in a 3D vir- tual environment used on mobile devices. Here, we additionally have to face the "keyhole" situation, i.e., the users can realize only a small part of the environment due to the limited view space and resolution. For the eective visualization of points-of-interest in 3D virtual environments we propose to combine specialized occlusion management for 3D scenes to- gether with visual cues that handle out-of-frame points-of-interest. We also discuss general aspects and de�nitions of points-of-interest in the scope of 3D models and outline a prototype implementation of the mo- bile 3D viewer application based on the presented concepts. In addition, we give a �rst performance evaluation with respect to rendering speed and power consumptions.
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Professional Activities

Peer-Reviewing Activities for Journals:

Peer-Reviewing Activities for Conferences:

  • Annual Conference of the European Association for Computer Graphics (EG): 2012, 2017
  • EG/VGTC Conference on Visualization (EuroVis): 2014
  • IEEE Information Visualization (Vis): 2009
  • Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping (SOMAP): 2012
  • ACM International Conference on 3D Web Technology (Web3D): 2014
  • International Conference on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision (WSCG): 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 


Other Activities:

  • Conference Session Chair (Rendering), GRAPP 2009/2015

Teaching Activities

Courses at HPI (Responsible for lecturing and grading) 

  • Summer 2017 (B): Computer Graphics I
  • Summer 2017 (M): Image & Video Processing Techniques
  • Summer 2015 (M): Introduction to Visualization
  • Winter 2014/2015 (B): Computer Graphics II
  • Winter 2013/2014 (B): Computer Graphics II
  • Summer 2013 (M): Geovisualization

Courses at HPI (Responsible for lecturing and tutoring)  

  • Summer 2012 (B): Computer Graphics I
  • Winter 2011/2012 (B): Computer Graphics II
  • Summer 2010 (B): Programming of 3D Applications
  • Winter 2009/2010 (M): Geovisualization II
  • Summer 2009 (M): Geovisualization I 
  • Summer 2008 (M): Rendering Techniques

Courses at University of Potsdam (Responsible for lecturing and tutoring)  

  • Winter 2002/2003: Operating Systems II
  • Summer 2002: Operating Systems I

Seminars at HPI (Responsible for lecturing, tutoring, and grading)

  • Summer 2017 (M): Advanced Information Visualization
  • Winter 2016/2017 (M): Processing and Visualization of 3D Geodata
  • Winter 2016/2017 (B): Bildverarbeitungsalgorithmen
  • Summer 2016 (M): Image Processing - Concepts and Techniques
  • Summer 2016 (M): Methods and Techniques of Geospatial Visualization
  • Summer 2016 (B): Geoinformationstechnologien
  • Winter 2015/2016 (B): Image and Videoprocessing using OpenGL ES for Mobile Devices
  • Summer 2015 (M): Spatial Analytics
  • Winter 2014/2015 (M): Geoinformation Technologies
  • Summer 2014 (M): Information Visualization
  • Winter 2013/2014 (M): Information Visualization
  • Summer 2013 (M): Geovisualization
  • Winter 2012/2013 (M): Concepts and Techniques of 3D-Visualization
  • Summer 2011 (M): Multimedia/Graphics Libraries & Systems
  • Winter 2010/2011 (B): Game Programming
  • Summer 2010 (M): Information and Geovisualization
  • Winter 2009/2010 (B): Game Programming
  • Winter 2008/2009 (M): Focus+Context Visualization in 3D Geovirtual Environments
  • Winter 2007/2008 (B): Seminar & Lab Computer graphics Systems/VRS
  • Summer 2007 (B): Seminar & Lab Computer graphics Systems/VRS

Bachelor Students (Co-)Supervision:

  • A Framework for Editing and Execution of Image and Video Processing Techniques on Mobile Devices
    Tobias Dürschmid, Bachelor Thesis, 2017
  • C++ Image and Video Processing Framework for Desktop and Server Systems
    Erik Griese, Bachelor Thesis, 2017
  • GPU-accelerated Style Transfer on Mobile Devices using Feed-forward Convolutional Neural Networks
    Moritz Hilscher, Bachelor Thesis, 2017
  • Service-based Integration of Image and Video Processing Operations
    Alexander Riese, Bachelor Thesis, 2017
  • Design, Implementation and Web-based Provisioning of a Database for Image Processing Operations
    Maximilian Söchting, Bachelor Thesis, 2017
  • Parameterization of Feed-forward Neural Networks for Style Transfer on Mobile Devices
    Hendrik Tjabben, Bachelor Thesis, 2017

Master Students (Co-)Supervision:

  • Focus+Context Visualization Techniques for Mobility Analytics
    Marc Listemann, Master Thesis, 2017
  • Network-based Reachability-Map Visualization for Web Applications and Mobile Devices
    Alexander Schoedon, Master Thesis, 2017
  • Design and Implementation of Level-of-Detail Representations for Georeferenced Thematic Data
    Jan Ole Vollmer, Master Thesis, 2016
  • Natural Phenomena as Metaphors for Visualization of Trend Data in Interactive Software Maps
    Hannes Würfel, Master Thesis, 2015
  • A GPU-based  rendering Technique for Interactive Video Deformation
    Benjamin-Heinz Meier, Master Thesis, 2015
  • Interactive Rendering Techniques for Focus+Context Visualization of virtual 3D Indoor Models, Alessandro Florio, Master Thesis, 2014
  • Concepts and Rendering Techniques for Level-of-Abstraction Transitions of 3D Geovirtual Environments, Amir Semmo, Master Thesis, 2011
  • Generalization of Street Networks as Strategy to Reduce Cognitive Efforts in Map Reading, Daryna Bronnykova, Master Thesis, 2011
  • View-dependent Global Deformations, for 3D Geovirtual Environments of Virtual 3D Landscape and City Models, Sebastian Pasewaldt, Master Thesis, 2010
  • Rendering von generalisierter Tiefenschärfe in interaktiven 3D virtuellen Umgebungen, Christian Beesk, Master Thesis, 2010
  • Generierung und Parametrisierung von 3D-Gebäudegeometrienin virtuellen 3D-Stadtmodellen, Mathias Pietsch, Diploma Thesis, 2007

Master's Projects (Co-)Supervision:

  • Winter 2013: Semantic Analysis und Classification of Digital Image Streams
    Elina Zarisheva, Markus Hinsche, Marcel Pursche, Hannes Würfel, Christoph Oehlke, Maximilian Schneider
  • Summer 2014: Video Analysis, Abstraction, and Summarization
    Jaeyoon Jung, Benjamin-Heinz Meier, Lisa Pfisterer
  • Winter 2014: Service-based Architecture and Infrastructure for Video Processing
    Robin Schreiber, Christoph Sterz, Wieland Hagen, Kirstin Heidler
  • Summer 2015: Smart Video: Automatic video summarization and adaptive parametrization
    Karsten Tausche, Astrid Thomschke, Christian Würz
  • Winter 2015: Deep Learning for Smart Video: Using Mass Knowledge for the Automatic Stylization of Images and Videos
    Anne Gropler, Alexander Lehmann, Leander Neiß, Max Reimann, Jan Ole Vollmer

PhD Students (Co-)Supervision:

  • Willy Scheibel, Understanding Evolution of Hierarchies using Space-restricted Visualizations
  • Vladeta Stojanovic, Interactive Visualization for Building Lifecycle Management using BIM
  • Jan Ole Vollmer, Tools and Techniuqes for Visualization of High-dimensional Data

Invited Talks

  • Visualization Techniques for Massive Datasets, Invited Talk at the Hasso Plattner Institute, Faculty of Digital Engineering, University of Potsdam, 2017
  • Programmable Rendering Pipelines and Interactive Visualization, Invited Talk at the Department of Computer Graphics, Institute for Computer Science, Rostock/Germany, 2014
  • Neighborhood Visualization – Challenges and Approaches from a Geovisualization Perspective, Blankensee Colloquium 2012: Neighborhood Technologies Media and Mathematics of Dynamic Networks, Berlin/Germany
  • Colonia3D – Potenziale interaktiver Kommunikation von digitaler Denkmalpflege in öffentlichen Räumen, Prometheus Conference 2011, University of Cologne, Cologne/Germany
  • Kommunikation von digitaler Denkmalpflege in öffentlichen Räumen am Beispiel des Projektes Colonia3D, Invited Talk at the Department of Photogrammetry & Laserscanning at the HCU (HafenCity University), Hamburg/ Germany
  • High-Level Vector Editing, Invited Talk at the Computer Science Department of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, New York/USA, 2010

Conference Talks




  • Integration von Fachinformationen in 3D-Darstellungen, Xinnovations 2011, E-City Forum, September, Berlin/Germany
  • Colonia3D, Kultur und Informatik - Multimediale Systeme, May 2011, Berlin/Germany





  • A Concept of Effective Landmark Depiction in Geovirtual 3D Environments by View-Dependent Deformation, 4th International Symposium on LBS and Telecartography, October, Hong Kong
  • Automated Combination of Real-Time Shader Programs, Eurographics conference, September, Prague, Czech Republic


  • Evolutionary Algorithms, Stanislaw Lem Workshop on Evolution, October, Lviv (Lemberg), Ukraine

Awards & Honors & Miscellaneous

  • Cover Image Selection, Proceedings of TPCG 2013, 2013
  • Cover Image Selection, International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era, vol. 1, no. 1, 2012.
  • Cover Image Selection, gis.SCIENCE Journal, vol. 25, no. 1, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, EuroMed 2010 Conference, Communication of Digital Cultural Heritage in Public Spaces by the Example of Roman Cologne
  • 2009 Best Paper Selection, LBS & Telecartography Conference, Strategies for Visualizing Points-of-Interest of 3D Virtual Environments on Mobile Devices
  • 2008 Best Paper Award, AGILE 2008 Conference, Interactive Multi-Perspective Views of Virtual 3D Landscape and City Models
  • Best Paper Selection, GRAPP 2008 Conference, Generalization Approach for 3D Viewing Deformations of Single-Center Projections