Postponed to summer 2021

Due to the current corona crisis and the resulting uncertain and unstable situation regarding travelling, the Summer School 2020 has been postponed to the summer of 2021.


The Summer School will be held 6 - 11 July 2020 at our School of Informatics, Communications and Media in Hagenberg.

This Summer School gives you an excellent opportunity to enhance your knowledge and at the same time explore Upper Austria, meet new people, and expand your network internationally. You can earn 3 ECTS for this summer school.

We are inviting undergraduate, graduate or PhD students in Computer Science, Mixed Reality, Human-Computer Interaction, Media Informatics, Visualization or related fields to join us for this international event!
Students from partner institutions are free of charge! Students who are not from a partner university have to pay a tuition fee.

All students have to bear the costs for housing and travelling costs.

Main Focus:

Mixed Reality (MR) technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have become widely available and are rapidly growing in their popularity. This creates new opportunities in many application domains, particularly where individuals or teams need to work together to make sense and understand data sets in a spatial context.

For example, in the areas of data visualization and immersive analytics, MR is used to visualize and reveal patterns, trends, and outliers in data sets of all types, including abstract data such as social graphs or spatial data from engineering simulations, tomography, or sensor networks. Here, combining stereoscopic displays with navigation techniques based on tracking natural body movements and locomotion enables entirely new ways of experiencing and making sense of data – not only for individuals but also for co-located or distributed teams.

During this summer school, we will gather international experts on MR, collaboration, and visualization to teach and discuss the theoretical foundations of VR/AR, collaboration, and interactive visualization. Moreover, we will explore how these foundations can be put into practice to establish MR as a new medium for visual collaboration, exploration, and sensemaking. Our speakers will contribute different perspectives on these topics including technological, perceptual, cognitive, and social aspects. They will also share a candid insight into their research work and the current state-of-the-art to guide students and their research projects.

Apart from theoretical talks and presentations, there will be practical hands-on sessions during which theoretical concepts can be applied in practice, e.g. by experimenting with and building simple MR prototypes or using and discussing new research methods and technologies for MR.

In addition to lectures, workshops and laboratory tutorials, our programme will include site visits and social and cultural activities.