Werner Purgathofer (575)
||Institut für Visual Computing & HCT, Technische Univ. Wien
||Favoritenstrasse 9 / 193
Werner Purgathofer is a full professor of computer science and head of the Institute of Visual Computing & Human-Centered Technology at the Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien), responsible for research and education in computer graphics.
He has been working in this field since 1980, and received a Ph.D. in 1984 from TU Wien. In 1981 and 1986 he received "best paper awards" at the Eurographics annual conferences. He has written a German language textbook on computer graphics and co-edited several other books. Purgathofer has organised the very successful 1991 and 2006 Eurographics annual conferences in Vienna, and will do this again in 2021. His current activities concentrate on rendering algorithms, color, and visualization. He is the president and scientific director of the VRVis Research Center for Virtual Reality and Visualisation (www.vrvis.at) in Vienna, which he founded in 2000. From 2001 to 2012 he was vice-chair of the Commission for Scientific Visualisation of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Purgathofer has been a member of Eurographics since 1981 and is also a member of the European Academy of Sciences, ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE Computer Society, CGS, GI and OCG. Serving in the Executive Committee of Eurographics since 1988, he was Publications Board Chairman from 1993 to 2000, and he became a fellow of the association in 1997. For 2013-2014 he was chairman of Eurographics, and since 2015 he acts as chair of the Eurographics Fellows. Together with Werner Hansmann, Francois Sillion and Dieter Fellner he is currently co-editor of the Eurographics Proceedings Series. In 2006 he received the Distinguished Career Award from Eurographics, in 2010 he received a Doctor honoris causa from the "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi, and in 2017 he received the Eurographics Gold Medal.