Spatial Simulation and Modelling

ARS / SimLab

The team at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Spatial Simulation and Modelling conduct research into visual analytics, visualization of spatial data using state-of-the-art graphic technologies, and the integration of the latter into urban planning and decision-making processes.

The core of the centre is the Spatial Simulation Lab (simlab), which is equipped with digital tools to support urban planning and decision-making. Virtual reality (VR) technologies allow multiscale, 3D stereoscopic, interactive real-time processing of spatial data. Strategic overviews of spatial problems can thus be obtained, various scenarios and potential solutions tested, interventions and their effects investigated and interactions identified. Interdisciplinary visualizations of spatial systems can thus be produced, enabling individual and above all team-based elaboration of whole-system overviews which allow interrelated effects and causal relationships to be studied in context. Interdisciplinary research projects at the simlab focus inter alia on strategic inward development of settlement systems and spatial energy planning, resilience of spatial structures and infrastructures, and sustainable design of urban spaces.