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Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Dr.techn.hc. Dr.-Ing.E.h. Thomas Ertl


Bild Prof. Thomas Ertl Position:

Full professor of Computer Science at the University of Stuttgart

Head of the Visualization and Interactive Systems Institute (VIS)

Head of the Visualization Institute of the University of Stuttgart (VISUS)

Dean of Faculty 5 Computer Science and Electrial Engineering


Universitätsstraße 38, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany

located here: maps (Google) and travel instructions


Computer Science Building, 1 floor, SE-corner, room number 1.445


Frau Christine Schütz (VIS afternoon) +49 (0)711 685-88404

Frau Margot Roubicek (VIS morning) +49 (0)711 685-88456

Frau Karin Vrana (VISUS) +49 (0)711 685-88600

Phone / Fax:

+49 (0)711 685-88331 (VIS) / +49 (0)711 685-88601 (VISUS)


Office hours: Thursday, 1100 - 1200 and when ever the door is open

Research Areas

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

Teaching and PhD Supervision

Classes for this semester Overview VIS teaching
Diplom- und Studienarbeiten in Stuttgart (Web) Diplom- und Studienarbeiten in Erlangen (PDF)
PhD Dissertations (35 completed) (Hauptberichter) PhD theses reports (Mitberichter)
Former PhD students and other Alumni PhD Dissertation Projects (currently 25)

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: 47
I am on the Palsberg list of CS researchers My MS academic search record

Awards and Academies

Honorary Doctorate (Dr.-Ing.E.h.) of the Otte-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg
Honorary Doctorate (Dr.techn.h.c) of the Technische Universität Vienna, Austria
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
Eurographics Association Chairman (2011/12) and  Executive Committee (2004-)
Conference Steering Committee IEEE Visualization (2004-11) (see IEEE vgtc)
Conference Steering Committee IEEE VAST (2008-10) (see 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)

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

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 36 PhD theses and 8 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

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)

Stellv. Direktor Stuttgart Research Center (Exzellenzcluster) SImTech (2007-)
Prodekan der Fakultät Informatik, Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik (2006-)
Vorsitzender Prüfungsausschuss Informatik und Softwaretechnik (2002-2006)
Mitglied der Studienkommission Informatik und Softwaretechnik (seit 2000-2006)
Geschäftsführender Direktor Institut für Informatik (2000-2002)
Sprecher des Institutsverbunds Informatik (2002-2003)
Mitglied des Vorstands des SFB 382 (2003-2006)
Stellvertretender Sprecher des SFB 716 (2006-)
Mitglied (stellv.) des Senatsausschusses Lehre (2005-2006)
Mitglied des Senatsausschusses Forschung und Technologie (2006-)
Benutzerausschuss HLRS (ab 2002), RUS (ab 2005)
Berufungskommission Assistenzprofessur ETH Zürich "Interactive Media" (2004)
Berufungskommission "Neue Deutsche Literatur" (Senatsberichter) (2003/04 und 2006)
Berufungskommission "Embedded Systems Engineering" (2003/04)
Berufungskommission "Informationsdienste" (2003/04 und 2006)
Berufungskommission "Aerodynamik von Luft- und Raumfahrzeugen" (2003)
Berufungskommission "Digitale Photogrammetrische Systeme" (2002)
Berufungskommission "Technologiemanagement und Arbeitswissenschaft" (2002)
Berufungskommission "Sichere und zuverlässige Softwaresysteme" (2002)
Berufungskommission "Angewandte Mathematik/Numerik" (2000/01)
Berufungskommission "Simulation großer Systeme" (2000 und 2005)
Berufungskommission "Intelligente Systeme" (2005)
Berufungskommission "Hardware-Architektur für hochparalleler Systeme" (2006)
Berufungskommission "Computerphysik" (2006/2007)
Berufungskommission "Visualisierung" (2006)
Berufungskommission "Visual Computing" (2007)
Berufungskommission "Zuverlässige Softwaresysteme" (2007)
Berufungskommission "Computergraphik, Universität Karlsruhe" (2007)