The Scientific Advisory Board of VRVis consists of renowned international experts in visual computing who provide their professional expertise to VRVis. The scientific advisory board of VRVis is composed of: Oliver Deussen (University of Konstanz), Thomas Ertl (University of Stuttgart), Reinhard Klein (University of Bonn), and Heidrun Schumann (em. University of Rostock).
Oliver Deussen graduated at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and currently is professor at the University of Konstanz, one of the few Excellence Universities in Germany. He also serves as visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Science in Shenzhen (SIAT). From 2019 to 2020, he served as President of the Eurographics Association. He is speaker of the Excellence Cluster "Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour" at the University of Konstanz. His areas of interest are modeling and rendering of complex systems, non-photorealistic rendering, sampling theory as well as information visualization. He also contributed papers to geometry processing and image-based modeling methods.
Thomas Ertl is professor of Visualization and Interactive Systems at the Faculty of Computer Science and Research Center for Visualization at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. He studied physics and computer science at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, received a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Colorado Boulder (USA) and a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics from Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. His research interests include scientific visualization and visual analytics, computer graphics - especially GPU-based techniques - and human-computer interaction. He was most recently awarded the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the Eurographics Association and the 2019 Visualization Career Award from the IEEE (VGTC) for his research.
Reinhard Klein studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Tübingen, Germany, from where he received his MS in Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.) in 1989 and his PhD in computer science in 1995. In 1999, he received an appointment as a lecturer ("Habilitation") in computer science also from the University of Tübingen, with a thesis in computer graphics. After his habilitation, he became an Associate Professor at the University of Darmstadt, Germany, and head of the research group Animation and Image Communication at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics. Since October 2000, he is professor at the University of Bonn and director of the Institute of Computer Science II. His research interests lie in the field of computer graphics with an emphasis on rendering, geometry processing, simulation, and visualization.
Heidrun Schumann is a professor emeritus at the University of Rostock, where she was heading the Chair of Computer Graphics at the Institute for Visual & Analytic Computing. She has published more than two hundred articles in top scientific journals co-authored four books, including the first German textbook on data visualization in 2000 and the first textbook in Visual Analytics in 2020. In 2014, Heidrun Schumann was elected as a Fellow of the Eurographics Association, and in 2020, she was inducted to the IEEE Visualization Academy.