- M.Sc., 1991, Electrical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
- Ph.D., 1996, Computer Science, State University of New York at Stony Brook
- Applied Mathematics & Computational Science
- High Performance Computing
- Computer Science
- Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging
- Human-Computer Interaction
Primary Teaching Area
Hanspeter Pfister's research lies at the intersection of visualization, computer graphics, and computer vision. It spans a wide range of topics, including visualization, computational photography, point-based graphics, appearance modeling, 3D television, and face recognition.
He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1996 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, in 1991.
Prior to his appointment at Harvard, Pfister worked for 11 years at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) where he was most recently Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist. He was the chief architect of VolumePro, Mitsubishi Electric’s award-winning real-time volume rendering hardware for PCs.