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.
Philipp Slusallek is the scientific director and member of the executive board at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), where he has been leading the research area "Agents and Simulated Reality" since 2008. Prof. Slusallek is the co-founder and strategic director of the European AI initiative CLAIRE. At Saarland University, he has been holding the chair of Computer Graphics since 1999, co-initiated the Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction" in 2007, and was director of research of the Intel Visual Computing Institute in Saarbrücken from 2009 to 2017.
Before coming to Saarland, he worked as a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University, USA. Prof. Slusallek is a member of acatech, a Fellow of the Eurographics Association, and was a member of the European High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence. He studied physics in Frankfurt and Tübingen and received his PhD in computer science in Erlangen in 1995.