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Mr.  Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. techn. h. c. Dr.-Ing. E. h.
Thomas Ertl
Full professor of Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart, Chair at the Visualization and Interactive Systems Institute (VIS), Head of the Visualization Research Center of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS), Vice Rector for Research and Advanced Graduate Education

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Phone+49 (711) 685 - 88331 (VIS), +49 (0)711 685-88601 (VISUS),
Fax+49 (0)711 685 88340
Email address
Universität Stuttgart
VIS: Universitätsstr. 38, VISUS: Allmandring 19
70569 Stuttgart

Whenever the door is open, otherwise by appointment.


Frau Margot Roubicek (VIS morning) +49 (0)711 685-88456
Frau Christine Schütz (VIS afternoon) +49 (0)711 685-88404
Frau Maria Schulz (VISUS) +49 (0)711 685-88600
Frau Karin Vrana (VISUS) +49 (0)711 685-88606
Computer Graphics
Human Computer Interfaces
- Volume visualization - GPU based techniques - User interfaces for the disabled
- Flow visualization - Web based graphics - Navigation systems for the blind
- Particle visualization - Graphics for mobile devices - Semantic web and visual queries
- Life science applications - Graphics clusters - Web-based learning platforms
- Visual Analytics - Non-photorealistic rendering - Augmented and virtual reality
Publications and Projects:
Publications web page  of the institute (by year) All  VIS Projects are listed separately
My Publications web page (since 1995 alphabetically) All  my Publications PDF (chronological)
My  DBLP Entry My  Google Scholar Citations h-index: 54
I am on the  Palsberg list of CS researchers My  MS academic search record
Awards and Academies:
Distinguished Career Award of the  Eurographics Association  ( citation) (2016)
Honorary Doctorate (Dr.-Ing.E.h.) of the Otte-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg (2014)
Honorary Doctorate (Dr.techn.h.c) of the Technische Universität Wien, Austria (2011)
Outstanding Technical Contribution Award 2006 of the  Eurographics Association (citation)
Technical Achievement Award 2006 of the  IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (citation)
Outstanding Service Award 2010 of the   IEEE Computer Society
Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (since 2007)
Boards and Committees:
German Research Foundation (DFG)  Review Board Computer Science 409-05 (2012-)
European Research Council Advanced Grant Panel Computer Science (2011-2015)
Eurographics Association Chairman (2011/12) and   Executive Committee (2004-)
Conference Steering Committee IEEE Visualization (2004-11) (IEEE vgtc)
Conference Steering Committee IEEE VAST (2008-10) (IEEE vgtc)
Steering Group of the  Eurographics Working Group on Data Visualization (2003-12)
Advisory Board of the Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication (2004-07)
Scientific Advisory Board of the  Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung VRVis (2004-)
Chairman Scientific Advisory Board  Welsh Research Institute of Visual Computing (2009-2013)
Scientific Advisory Board of the  Wissenschaftscampus Tübingen (2011-)
Chairing and Editorship:
Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (2007-2010)
Conference Co-Chair Pacific Graphics 2016
Papers Co-Chair Eurographics 2012
Symposium Co-Chair IEEE PacificVis 2011
Papers Co-Chair IEEE PacificVis 2009
Papers Co-Chair IEEE VAST 2008
Papers Co-Chair EuroVIS 2006
Workshop Co-Chair Volume Graphics 2005 and Volume Graphics 2006
Program Co-Chair IEEE/SIGGRAPH Symposium on Volume Visualization and Graphics 2004
Program Chair SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Graphics Hardware 2002
Co-Chair Dagstuhl Seminar “Scientific Visualization” 2003 and 2005
Papers Co-Chair IEEE Visualization 2001
Papers Co-Chair IEEE Visualization 2000
Topic-Chair Volumetric Methods Eurographics 2003 and 2004
General Chair Vision, Modeling and Visualization 2001
Selected Program Committees:
IEEE VAST 2016 Supercomputing 2015 SIGRAD 2015 SIBGRAPI 2016
EuroVis 2014 PacificVis 2014 SciVis 2013 VAST 2013
SIGGRAPH 2011 PacificGraphics 2011 LDAV 2011 SIBGRAPI 2011
SIGGRAPH 2006 I3D 2006 WSCG 2006 Graphics Hardware 2006
WSCG 2006 SimVis 2006 EG PGV 2006 CGI 2006
SIGGRAPH 2005 I3D 2005 WSCG 2005 Graphics Hardware 2005
EuroVIS 2005 VMV 2005 SimVis 2005 EG VE 2005
IEEE VIS 2004 EG VisSym 2004 WSCG 2004 Graphics Hardware 2004
GI 2004 VMV 2004 SimVis 2004 GI-FG  Spiele
Eurographics 2004 EG PGV 2004 GI-FG AR/VR  
Besides the reviewing duties related to program committee obligations I am reviewer for various journals (e.g. ACM TOG, EG CGF, IEEE CG&A, C&G, TVC) and conferences.
I review proposals for the DFG, the Austrian FWF, the Canadian NSERC, and the Britisch Royal Society.
I acted as a co-advisor for more than 49  PhD theses and 11  Habilitation theses.
I wrote letters of reference for about numerous faculty positions in Germany (Berufungsgutachten) and for many tenure track or full professor positions worldwide.
Recent Talks:
Distinguished Lecture SCI, Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA 05.02.2016
56. Photogrammetrische Woche, Stuttgart 13.09.2015
International Supercomputing 2015, Frankfurt 15.07.2015
PacificVAST 2015, Hangzhou, China 14.04.2015
Shandong University,  CS School, Jinan, China, 07.04.2015
Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China, 03.04.2015
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 02.04.2015
Estonian CS Summer School, Roosta, Estonia 18.-20-08.2014
Faraday Discussion 169, Nottingham, UK 08.05.2014
PacificVAST 2013, Sydney, Australia 26.02.2013
Keynote -  ISVC 2013 - Crete, Greece, 30.07.2013
SEUS Day TU Dresden - TU Dresden, 12.10.2012
Alcatel-Lucent Lecture - Universität Stuttgart, 23.10.2012
Kexnote  ISPDC 2012 - TU München, 29.06.2012
GMSV Summit 2012 - KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 26.04.2012
Informatiktag 2012 - Uni Erlangen, 20.04.2012
Keynote - Journee Visu - CEA Paris Bruyeres, France, 12.10.2011
HKUST Hong Kong 28.02.2011
Keynote - Visualization Workshop SIBGRAPI, Belo Horizonte, Brazil 28.09.2010
HIN Kolloquium Audi Forum Neckarsulm 14.07.2010
Keynote - Visual Computing Forum EG2010 Norrköping, Sweden, 03.05.2010
NTU Computer Science Colloquium, Taipei, Taiwan, 02.03.2010
Keynote - Congresso Espanol de Informatica Grafica 09.09.2009
G-CSC Kolloquium Frankfurt 16.07.2009
Wissenschaftliches Rechnen BaWü Symposium 14.07.2009
Elektrotechnisches Kolloquium Uni Stuttgart 07.07.2009
Informatik-Kolloquium Erlangen 25.05.2009
Keynote - Visual Computing FMX, Stuttgart 06.05.2009
Seminar Series Peking University Peking 20.04.2009
Keynote - Visual Computing Trends Wien, 28.01.2009
Informatik Kolloquium, Universität Koblenz 02.07.2008
Keynote PacificVis 2008, Kyoto, Japan 05.03.2008
SFB 656 Kolloquium, Universität Münster, 23.01.2008
Informatik Kolloquium, Universität Siegen, 05.12.2007
Keynote SIBGRAPI 2007, Belo Horizonte, Brasilien 08.10.2007
Keynote 51. Photogrammetrische Woche, Stuttgart 03.09.2007
5. Stuttgarter Medientage 09.11.2006
Symposium Informationsdesign, HdM Stuttgart 08.11.2006
Landespressekonferenz Baden-Württemberg 15.05.2006
Evans and Sutherland Distinguished Lecture, SCI Salt Lake City, Utah 27.03.2006
Informatik Kolloquium, Konstanz 08.02.2006
Keynote SimVis 2005, Magdeburg, 03.03.2005
Invited Talk VMV 2004, Stanford, 18.11.2004
Purdue University, 15.11.2004
Kolloquium ETH Zürich, 01.07.2004
Kolloquium VRVis, Wien, 24.06.2004
UPC Barcelona, 15.04.2004
University Service (in German):
Prorektor für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs der Universität Stuttgart (2015- )
Dekan der Fakultät Informatik, Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik (2013-2015)
Mitglied des Forschungsrats (2012-)
Benutzerausschuss HLRS (2002-), RUS (2005-2007)
Stellv. Direktor Stuttgart Research Center (Exzellenzcluster) SimTech (2007-)
Stellvertretender Sprecher des SFB 716 (2006-)
Mitglied des Senatsausschusses Forschung und Technologie (2006-2011)
Mitglied (stellv.) des Senatsausschusses Lehre (2005-2006)
Sprecher des Institutsverbunds Informatik (2002-2003)
Geschäftsführender Direktor Institut für Informatik (2000-2002)
Vorsitzender Prüfungsausschuss Informatik und Softwaretechnik (2002-2006)
Vorsitzender und Mitglied unzähliger Berufungskommissionen