Hanspeter Pfister

Hanspeter Pfister

Director of IACS, An Wang Professor of Computer Science
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Hanspeter Pfister

Hanspeter Pfister is An Wang Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research in visual computing lies at the intersection of visualization, computer graphics, and computer vision. It spans a wide range of topics, including bio-medical visualization, image and video analysis, 3D fabrication, and data science. Dr. Pfister has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Before joining Harvard he worked for over a decade at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories where he was Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist. He was the chief architect of VolumePro, Mitsubishi Electric's award-winning real-time volume rendering hardware for PCs. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement award in recognition of his seminal technical achievements in real-time volume rendering. He is co-inventor of over 50 US patents and co-author on more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, including over 20 ACM SIGGRAPH papers, the premier forum in Computer Graphics. He was technical papers chair for SIGGRAPH 2012. He is co-editor of the first textbook on Point-Based Computer Graphics, published by Elsevier in 2007, and of the 2006 NIH/NSF Visualization Research Challenges Report. He received the IEEE Golden Core Award, the IEEE Meritorious Service Award, and the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award. He is currently on the editorial board of the ACM Transaction on Graphics (TOG). You can contact him at pfister@seas.harvard.edu.

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