Research and Communication of Urban History in 4D Using Historical Photographs – A Status Report of the Research Group UrbanHistory4D

  • Ferdinand MaiwaldEmail author
  • Kristina Barthel
  • Jonas Bruschke
  • Kristina Friedrichs
  • Cindy Kröber
  • Sander Münster
  • Florian Niebling
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11196)


This contribution shows the work of the junior research group UrbanHistory4D within one year. It explains the different technical and educational approaches when working with media repositories composed of diverse historical data. The group covers technical aspects like photogrammetry, information sciences and Augmented Reality (AR) as well as humanistic topics like history of art, user case and educational studies. In detail, different photogrammetric techniques, various image repositories, a user case study and possibilities of knowledge transfer are evaluated. The main focus in the first year was the development of two prototype applications – a 4D browser interface and an AR application – supported by the different fields of studies. These applications are still refined considering the results of the varying research topics. As an outcome the contribution presents a part of the project organization which plays an important role when working in such interdisciplinary groups.


UrbanHistory4D Junior research group Historical images Media repositories 



The research upon which this paper is based was part of the junior research group UrbanHistory4D’s activities which has received funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research under grant agreement No 01UG1630.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferdinand Maiwald
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kristina Barthel
    • 1
  • Jonas Bruschke
    • 2
  • Kristina Friedrichs
    • 2
  • Cindy Kröber
    • 1
  • Sander Münster
    • 1
  • Florian Niebling
    • 2
  1. 1.TU Dresden, Media CenterDresdenGermany
  2. 2.University of Würzburg, Human-Computer InteractionWürzburgGermany

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