Dr. Peter Wozniak


Main Focus

Peter Wozniak is a VR & AR expert and since August 2020 leads the newly founded Crime Research, Innovative Methods and Experimentation Laboratory (CRIMELab) of the Criminology department of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. In the CRIMELab, research studies and experiments are conducted using virtual reality and other new technologies. As lab director, Peter Wozniak is responsible for setting up the laboratory and cooperates closely with the scientists of our institute and participating research institutions in the implementation of projects.


  • Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
  • Computer Vision, Range Imaging
  • 3D Visualization

Curriculum Vitae

  • since Aug. 2020: Lab director CRIME Lab, Department of Criminology at Max Planck Institute.
  • 2019: Ph.D., Image et Vision, Université de Strasbourg.
    Development of a ToF camera-based spatial recognition of obstacles and their interactive signaling within virtual reality.
  • 2013: Master of Science, Media and Communication, Offenburg University.
    Conception and development of a software framework for Android and iOS AR apps based on Unity3D and Vuforia for the company Visionsbox GmbH.
  • 2011–2019: Research associate and doctoral student, Offenburg University.
  • 2010: Bachelor of Science, Media and Information Engineering and Design, Offenburg University.
    Realization of an interactive user-centered projection-based 3D game installation. Game control realized with a self-developed tracking method.


The 360º Virtual Scenario research program aims to remedy some of the defects of the traditional scenario (or “vignette”) method by employing immersive 360º video. This virtual reality (VR) method is based on the assump­tion that the commonly used written scenarios are unlikely to capture the more visceral and emotional aspects involved in real-world… more

The Virtual Burglary Project uses virtual reality (VR) versions of residential neighborhoods to study the behavior of burglars. Convicted burglars are invited to explore a neighborhood, select a target to burglarize, and commit a bur­glary in VR and to go about it just as they would in the real world. The VR system tracks all their behavior in real time… more

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