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 Urban Futures Institute for Applied Research. 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. The Urban Complexity Lab is in part supported by a research cooperation with HERE.

Activities What’s Happening

Invited talk

26 April 2017, 5pm

Florian Windhager (Danube University Krems): »White Cube, Black Box, PolyCube: Reframing Cultural Objects and Actors« @ Campus Fachhochschule Potsdam, Lecture Hall in Haus D. Part of information​+​visualization public lecture series


23 - 28 October 2016

We are participating in IEEE VIS 2016 in Baltimore to present Novel City Maps and cf. city flows in the Arts Program and join a panel on critical visualization.


15 - 20 October 2016

Together with ICSU and Future Earth we are taking part in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development Habitat III with an exhibition and event space dedicated to science and visualization for sustainable urban futures.

Open Call

Until 31 August 2016

With Visualizing Cities we are soliciting submissions of innovative visualizations of urban data to be part of a platform and exhibition at Habitat III.


7 July 2016


16 - 18 June 2016

We’re happy to join Information+ in Vancouver and present our latest work on visualizing large cultural collections.

Invited talk

13 June 2016, 5pm

Johanna Drucker (UCLA): »Dimensions of Visualization for the Humanities« @ Campus Fachhochschule Potsdam, Hörsaal 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