Collaborative Interactive Visualisation + Analysis Lab (CIVAL)

Increasing the impact of FCL through visualisation and interaction-based applied research, including prototype development and research support

FCL has developed important insights into data capture, visualisation and simulation through research attached to the digitally augmented Value Lab Asia collaboration facility. This work is enhanced by the Collaborative Interactive Visualisation and Analysis Laboratory (CIVAL). The facility supports FCL research through the development of cutting-edge visualisation and interaction techniques to facilitate the usage of ICT-based research infrastructure.

It works closely with projects that have specific visualisation and interaction requirements or whose research output can be directed towards further dissemination through prototype development. In addition, CIVAL will help identify visualisation and interaction related synergies between projects, and thereby contribute to streamlining common efforts.

Specifically, the aims of the CIVAL are:

1) Strategic Prototype Development: to implement visualisation, interaction, simulation and visual analytics prototypes based on research project results with a high potential for non-academic dissemination (software tools, spin-off companies, patents, and so on). The goals of these prototypes are to assist planners and architects to research on themes such as sustainable urban design, intelligent transportation system, financing, and efficient energy consumption.

2) Project Research Support: such as collaborative interaction software, visualisation or visual analytics development

3) Value Lab Asia Development: with additional technology, for example, to support gestural or haptic interaction, or to enable physical-virtual design tools

4) Virtual Reality Environment Development: in collaboration with specified projects and the SEC IT team

5) Collaboration with industry partners: such as Esri, Tencent and financing bodies (for example, ADB and city governments).


CIVAL facilitates the usage of ICT-based research infrastructure at the FCL, specifically Value Lab Asia, for research, education and communication. (CIVAL, 2016)


CityEngine scenario of the central Berlin Rathausforum and Alexanderplatz area, based on the 3D planning model provided the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt ( (Stefan Müller Arisona, 2016)


Vision of the “Enabling DEMO:POLIS” participatory design tool. The tool is realised as the first CIVAL focus project in collaboration with Prof. Christoph Hölscher, Prof. Ruth Conroy Dalton and Prof. Wilfried Wang, and will be installed at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin from March 2016 as part of the DEMO:POLIS exhibition (Stefan Müller Arisona, 2016)