About Urban Complexity Lab

The Urban Complexity Lab hosts research projects related to the visualization of urban and cultural data. Especially concerning big data and smart cities, interface designers and visualization researchers develop a responsible approach towards data and study innovative methods of interactive visualization to make sense of complex datasets. Within University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FH Potsdam), the Urban Complexity Lab is a research space between the Department of Design and the Institute for Urban Futures. The lab is jointly directed by Boris Müller, professor for interaction design, and Marian Dörk, research professor for information visualization. The research lab is located in the main building on the FHP campus in Potsdam, where researchers and students of varying background especially interface design, information science, and cultural studies are coming together. We frequently invite practitioners and researchers to our public lecture series  information+visualization to speak about current issues and developments in data visualization.

Activities What’s Happening


22 Oct - 31 Dec 2018

CityVis 2018 is a showcase of the latest and greatest projects shared on the Visualizing Cities platform.


19 Oct - 14 Dec 2018

Image Factories. Infographics 1920–1945 presents historical visualization design from early 20th century Austria and Germany.


19-21 October 2018

We’ll be hosting Information+ 2018 in Potsdam – just before IEEE VIS in Berlin.


1 August 2018

With Visualizing Cities we are soliciting submissions of innovative visualizations of urban data to be shown in the context of IEEE VIS in Berlin.

Conference talks

26 Feb - 2 March 2018

We’ll be participating in the DHd 2018 conference in Cologne to present research on visualizing cultural collections.


13 Jan – 12 March 2018

cf. city flows is currently on display in The Art of Networks III exhibition in Boston.


14 November 2017, 3pm

Urban Future Talks #2: Mapping as a Critical and Transformative Practice @ Campus Fachhochschule Potsdam, Theaterwerkstatt in the main building.


September 2017

Our lab is featured in the current issue of ACM interactions in the DAY IN THE LAB section.

Invited talk

June 16, 2017

Evelyn Gius (Universität Hamburg): »Textanalyse und Visualisierung: Über eine natürliche Verbindung und ihre Herausforderungen« @ Campus Fachhochschule Potsdam, Lecture Hall in Haus D. Part of information​+​visualization public lecture series

Invited talk

11 Mai 2017, 4 pm

Matthew Battles, Jessica Yurkofsky & Sarah Newman (metaLAB at Harvard): »Dialogues with Data: Multisensory Encounters with Objects, Texts, and Images« @ Campus Fachhochschule Potsdam, Lecture Hall in Haus D. Part of information​+​visualization public lecture series

Contact Get in Touch

Fachhochschule Potsdam
University of Applied Sciences

Kiepenheuerallee 5
Hauptgebäude · Room 111
14469 Potsdam

Marian Dörk
+49 331 580-2511

Boris Müller
+49 331 580-1400


Urban Complexity Lab