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New Fellows 2003

Hans-Peter Seidel

Hans-Peter Seidel has been a member of the Association since 1988.

He is the scientific director and chair of the computer graphics group at the Max-Planck-Institut Informatik and a professor of computer science at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany. He is an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of Erlangen, Germany, and at the University of Waterloo, Canada. The Saarbrücken computer graphics group was established in 1999 and currently consists of three faculty, sixteen researchers and five post doctoral researchers.

Before joining the Max-Planck-Institut in 1999, Seidel was on the faculty of the University of Erlangen, Germany, from 1992 to 1999, where he was the co-director of the graduate centre on 3D image analysis and synthesis and co-chair of the federal research centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) ‘Model-based analysis and visualization of complex scenes and sensor data’. Prior to this he was a faculty member of the University of Waterloo, Canada, from 1989 to 1992. He received his PhD in mathematics and his habilitation in computer science, both from Tübingen University, in 1987 and 1989 respectively.

Seidel’s current research interests include computer graphics, geometric modelling, freeform curves and surfaces, surface reconstruction, efficient polygonal meshes, mesh reduction, multi-resolution modelling, image synthesis, global illumination computations, image-based and hardware-accelerated rendering, visualization of complex medical and engineering data, 3D image analysis and synthesis, and foundations of virtual reality.

He has published some 150 technical papers in the field and has lectured widely on these topics. he has regularly served on editorial boards and on the technical programme committees of some of the leading computer graphics conferences such as ACM SIGGRAPH, EUROGRAPHICS, Graphics Interface and Pacific Graphics. He has received grants from a wide range of organizations, including the German National Science Foundation (DFG), the European Community (EU), NATO, and the German-Israel Foundation (GIF).

In 2002 he was awarded the ‘Leibniz Preis’, the most prestigious research award from the German Research Foundation. Seidel is the first computer graphics researcher to receive this award.

Hans-Peter Seidel was proposed for Fellowship of the Association in recognition of:

  • his international scientific standing and contributions to the development of computer graphics in Europe and world-wide;
  • his contributions to EUROGRAPHICS through his role as Editor-in-Chief of Computer Graphics Forum, as a member of the Executive Committee and as organizer and programme co-chair of the highly successful EG 2002 annual event.