Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek

Important cornerstones of the professional life of Professor Philipp Slusallek were already apparent at an early stage. While studying physics at Frankfurt and Tübingen, he was already involved in the development of commercially successful CAD systems, and he founded a company for architectural visualization before  specializing in this field and obtaining a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics.
In his opinion, sound basic research is a necessary prerequisite for any application-oriented science. His contacts to research-oriented industrial companies such as Intel and IBM are therefore very close. In 2007/2008 Professor Slusallek, Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, spent a research semester at NVIDIA Research in California.

The DFKI Agents and Simulated Reality Lab

The goal of the newly established research area Agents and Simulated Reality (ASR) is to more closely interweave the fields of artificial intelligence and visual and multimodal computing.

The ability to accurately model and simulate reality and thus make predictions is a key element of our fast-moving industry. We use dynamic, large-scale, highly detailed 3D environments to realistically model relevant scenarios, such as complex production lines, ancient cities, or biological cells. Adding semantic information provides the context to run simulations that accurately predict properties (e.g. illumination, acoustics, traffic, etc.) of such systems. High-performance implementations on multi- and many-core systems enable highly realistic realtime display, e.g. using realtime ray tracing, as well as realtime interaction, even with complex simulated realities using fully immersive VR environments.

Multi-agent technologies are used to model, simulate, and thus optimize the behavior of complex systems, such as the intelligent behavior of animated avatars in virtual worlds, dynamic scheduling problems for transportation and production, intelligent information systems and electronic commerce — as demonstrated by our system controlling an entire modern steel mill. The use of formal verification methods allows us to guarantee the correct behavior of both discrete and continuous environments such as software controlled physical systems.


Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek

Prof. Dr. Philipp Slusallek

Saarland University FR 6.2 - Computer Graphics Lab

Campus E1 1, Room E19
66123 Saarbrücken

Fon: +49 681 302-3830



Deutsches Forschungsinstitut für Künstliche Intelligenz Saarbrücken Computer Science Department, Saarland University Saarland University Cluster of Excellence