Virtual Arabia (KAUST K2)

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

Scientific Director: Gudrun Klinker

Contact Person(s): Amal Benzina

Start: 1 July 2009


Keywords: Virtual Environment, CAVE, Intraction with Simulation, 3D Information Presentation, 3D Interaction



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.


Research Highlights

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Contact Person(s)

Working Group


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. Rüdiger Westermann Computer Graphics & Visualization


Project Members:


Technische Universität München
Institut für Informatik / I16
Boltzmannstr. 3
85748 Garching bei München

Tel.: +49 89 289-17058
Fax: +49 89 289-17059

Visit our lab at Garching.

Please contact Amal Benzina for available student projects within this research project.