An Wang Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Hanspeter Pfister is the An Wang Professor of Computer Science and director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson 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 biomedical visualization, image and video analysis, 3-D fabrication, and data science.

Pfister has a PhD in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MS in electrical engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland (ETHZ). Before joining Harvard, he worked for over a decade at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories where he was associate director and senior research scientist.

He is the recipient of the 2010 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Visualization Technical Achievement Award in recognition of his technical achievements in real-time volume rendering. He is co-editor of the first textbook on point-based computer graphics, published by Elsevier in 2007, and of the 2006 National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation Visualization Research Challenges Report. Pfister received the IEEE Golden Core Award, the IEEE Meritorious Service Award, and the Harvard Extension School Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award.

PhD State University of New York, Stony Brook

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