Dr. Peter Wozniak

Lab director

Main Focus

Peter Wozniak is a VR & AR expert and since August 2020 leads the newly founded Crime Research, Innovative Methods and Experimentation Laboratory (MAXLab) of the Criminology department of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. In the MAXLab, 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 MAXLab, 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.


360º Virtual Scenario Method

Head of project: Jean-Louis van Gelder
The 360º Virtual Scenario Method research program aims to remedy some of the defects of the traditional written scenario (or “vignette”) method by employing immersive 360º video. This immersive method is based on the as­sump­tion that the commonly used written scenarios lack contextual detail and are unlikely to capture… more

Virtual Burglary Project

Head of project: Jean-Louis van Gelder
The Virtual Burglary Project is a research program co-headed by Prof. Claire Nee (University of Portsmouth) and involves a collaboration with researchers from Leiden University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The Virtual Burglary Project uses a VR approach to better understand the behavior of residential burglars and… more

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