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Eurographics Medal 2023: Philipp Slusallek

Photo showing Philipp Slusallek with the EG Medal

Eurographics is very pleased to award the Eurographics Gold Medal to Philipp Slusallek for his outstanding contributions to computer graphics and AI, and for his leadership in the field.

Philipp Slusallek is Scientific Director and member of the Executive Board at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), where he heads the research area on Agents and Simulated Reality. Philipp received his PhD from the University of Erlangen in 1995. Following a stay as visiting assistant professor at Stanford University, he became a professor at Saarland University in 1999. In 2008 he was appointed research director at DFKI, and in 2020 he became Executive Director of the DFKI Saarbrücken site.

Slusallek’s research spans a wide range of topics in computer graphics and AI, simulated and digital reality, real-time and realistic graphics, high-performance computing and simulation, and novel programming models for CPU/GPU/FPGA. His work on interactive ray tracing with coherent rays has had a profound impact on the field and has become a definite milestone. Slusallek became a PI at the German Excellence Cluster on Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI) in 2007, and he co-founded the Intel Visual Computing Institute (IVCI) in Saarbrücken in 2009. Slusallek has also been one of driving forces behind the European AI initiative CLAIRE (since 2018). He has been engaged in numerous research projects in computer graphics and AI.

Slusallek has been involved in Eurographics from the start. He has been one of the driving forces behind the Eurographics Rendering Workshop (later EGSR), and he chaired the event both as program and as conference chair. He was intimately involved in the workshops on Graphics Hardware and High Performance Graphics, and he chaired the Eurographics Working Group on High Performance Graphics for more than a decade. 

Slusallek has received multiple awards for his work (European IST Innovation Award, CeBIT Innovation Award, German Land of Ideas Award). He is a Fellow of Eurographics (2013) and a member of the German Academy of Sciences and Engineering (acatech) (2018).

Please join us in congratulating Philipp for an outstanding career in computer graphics and to the Eurographics Gold Medal.

Photo showing Philipp Slusallek as he receives the EG Medal from Pat Hanrahan, Markus Gross, and Hans-Peter Seidel

From left to right: ACM Turing Award Winner Pat Hanrahan (Stanford University), Philipp Slusallek, Eurographics Representatives Markus Gross (ETH Zürich) and Hans-Peter Seidel (MPI Informatics)