Researcher Profil

Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian Grottel

Curriculum Vitae

05/2012 – 05/2017 Researcher and teaching associate, Chair of Computer Graphics and Visualisation, TU Dresden, Germany
03/2012 Ph.D. in computer science (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Stuttgart, Germany

“Point-based Visualization of Molecular Dynamics Data Sets” (urn:nbn:de:bsz:93-opus-75852)

Award SFB 716 Ph.D. Award 2013

06/2008 – 07/2008 Research period (funded by DAAD), Prof. João Comba at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
04/2006 – 03/2012 Researcher and Ph.D. student at the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart and Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems, University of Stuttgart, Germany
11/2005 Diploma Thesis (equivalent “M.Sc.”) “Visualisierung von Clusterfluktuationen über Zeit” (German) at the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Research Focus

  • Scientific visualization
  • Visual Analysis of particle-based data
  • Interactive 3D graphics
  • Representation and visual, semi-automatic analysis of very large dynamic data sets
  • Software engineering and software system for computer graphics and visualization in research environments


ScaDS – Competence Center for Scalable Data Services and Solutions Dresden/Leipzig

Project period: since 2014

The “Competence Center for Scalable Data Services and Solutions Dresden/Leipzig” (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig) combines the competences of TU Dresden and Univ. Leipzig for an holistic approach to the big data challenges in different fields of scientific and economic applications.

VICCI – Visual and Interactive Cyber-Physical Systems Control and Integration

Project period: 2012 – 2014

The ESF-funded junior research group VICCI deals with the development, control and integration of cyber physical systems (CPS) at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Dresden University of Technology. The scope includes smart home environments and supporting people in the ambient assisted living.

DFG Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 716 – Dynamic simulation of systems with large particle numbers

Project period: since 2007, personal involvement until 2012

Focus of the collaborative research center (SFB 716) is the development of dynamic simulation methods for systems with large particle numbers for use in industrial research and further development in future. Large datasets of particle data like the ones generated in SFB 716 still pose a big challenge for visual analyzing methods. Subproject D.3 faces the challenge of visualizing large, time-dependent particle datasets. To this end, an extensible and adoptable visualization framework has been developed during the first funding period: MegaMol.


Project period: since 2006

MegaMol is a visualization middleware for rendering of point-based molecular data sets. This software was developed in the SFB 716 at the University of Stuttgart. It is the foundation of the work of multiple Ph.D. students for development of high-performance visualization prototypes and for development of visualization applications.

Doi: 10.1109/TVCG.2014.2350479

MegaMol is continuously and actively developed and in use at multiple locations.

Additional project related to MegaMol: Vislib, Thelib, PerformancePeon and MolCloud.