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Eurographics Medal 2024: Markus Gross

Photograph of Markus Gross

Eurographics is very pleased to award the Eurographics Medal 2024 to Markus Gross for his outstanding research contributions, for his contributions in bridging industry and academia, and for his leadership in the field at large.

Markus Gross is a Professor of Computer Science and head of the Computer Graphics Laboratory at ETH Zurich, and the Chief Scientist, The Walt Disney Studios. Gross started his career in visual computing at the Computer Graphics Center, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany. He joined ETH Zurich in 1994 as an assistant professor, and became a full professor in 1997. Since 2008, he is the director of Disney Research in Zurich. In 2018 he became Vice-President of Research, The Walt Disney Studios, and in 2022 he became Chief Scientist.

Markus Gross has been recognized for his research contributions in geometry processing, physically-based simulation, and face capturing and animation. He has successfully bridged industry and academia, and his research has resulted in several start-ups. He founded Disney Research in Zurich, which he has led for sixteen years. Markus has positioned Disney Research as an important contributor to the international research community, both transferring academic research into practice and sharing new insights.

Markus Gross is a recognized scientific leader. He has firmly established ETH on the international landscape in computer graphics research, and several of his former students and postdocs have themselves become productive researchers. He is one of the most globally visible European graphics researchers. 

Markus is a fellow of the ACM and of the Eurographics Association. He is a recipient of the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contributions Award (2010), the Konrad Zuse Medal of GI (2013), the Karl Heinz Beckurts price (2013), the IEEE Visualization Distinguished Career Award (2015), and the Eurographics Distinguished Career Award (2018). The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored his research with two technical achievements awards in 2013 and 2019 and welcomed him as member-at-large in 2020. In 2021 he received the prestigious Steven Anson Coons Award for outstanding creative contributions to computer graphics.

Please join us in congratulating Markus for an outstanding career in computer graphics and to the Eurographics Medal 2024.