Hanspeter Pfister

Hanspeter Pfister

  • An Wang Professor of Computer Science
  • Director, Institute for Applied Computational Science
  • Affiliate Faculty Member, Center for Brain Science


Hanspeter Pfister is the An Wang Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science, and an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Brain Science. His research in visual computing lies at the intersection of visualization, computer graphics, and computer vision and spans a wide range of topics, including biomedical visualization, image and video analysis, 3D fabrication, and visual analytics in data science. 

Before joining Harvard, he worked for over a decade at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, where he was associate director and senior research scientist. He was the chief architect of VolumePro, Mitsubishi Electric’s award-winning real-time volume rendering graphics card, for which he received the Mitsubishi Electric President’s Award in 2000. 

Pfister is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement Award, the 2009 IEEE Meritorious Service Award, and the 2009 Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award. Pfister was elected as chair and is currently a director of the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee. Pfister has a PhD in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MS in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.


Contact Information

Office:227 Maxwell Dworkin
Office Phone:(617) 496-8269
Lab Name:Visual Computing Group
Assistant:Michaela Kapp
Assistant Office:Maxwell Dworkin 353
Assistant Phone:617-496-0964

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