Steven J. Gortler

Steven J. Gortler

  • Robert I. Goldman Professor of Computer Science


Computer Graphics is an important, fascinating, and very active field in Computer Science that has revolutionized many endeavors in entertainment, design, education, computer human interaction, and medicine.

It is a field drawing on algorithm design and system building from the field of computer science, numerical computation from applied mathematics, simulation from applied physics and signal processing from electrical engineering. It is a growing field with one (very competitive) main conference, and a host of very healthy smaller workshops and seminars. In fact, computer graphics forms the single largest special interest subgroup of the Association for Computing Machinery (the primary computer science professional organization).

My research has focused on designing fundamental representations for computer graphics, as well as pursuing a mathematically rigorous understanding of computer graphics algorithms and techniques. This theoretical focus has been at the heart of all my research, from my early work in efficient lighting simulation, to my current work on image-based rendering and discrete geometry processing.

Contact Information

Nickname: Shlomo
Office:Maxwell Dworkin 243
Office Phone:(617) 495-3751
Office Fax(617) 496-1066
Lab Name:Graphics, Vision & Interaction
Assistant:Anana J. Charles
Assistant Office:Maxwell Dworkin 247
Assistant Phone:(617) 495-3963
Research Mgr: Ashley E Bens

Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

Harvard School/Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • July 2003-Present: Robert I. Goldman Professor of Computer Science
  • September 1998-June 2004, September 2005-2009: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Computer Science
  • July 2000-June 2003: Associate Professor of Computer Science,
  • September 1996-June 2000: Assistant Professor of Computer Science
MIT, Laboratory for Computer Science
  • September 1998-June 2004: Research Affiliate
  • June 1998-August 1998: Visiting Scientist
Microsoft Research
  • September 1994-August 1996: Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Washington
  • September 1994-August 1996: Visiting School

Other Experience & Professional Membership

  • Co-chair, 11th Eurographics Workshop on Rendering, 2001
  • Program Committee Member
    • SIGGRAPH 2008
    • SIGGRAPH 2006
    • SIGGRAPH 2005
    • SIGGRAPH 2001
    • SIGGRAPH 2000
  • Program Committee Member, CVPR 2003
  • Program Committee Member, 12th Eurographics Workshop on Rendering, 2002
  • Program Committee Member, 9th Eurographics Workshop on Rendering, 1999
  • Program Committee Member, 8th Eurographics Workshop on Rendering, 1998
  • Program Committee Member, 6nd Symposium on Geometry Processing, 2008
  • Program Committee Member, 2nd Symposium on Geometry Processing, 2004
  • Program Committee Member, 1st Symposium on Geometry Processing, 2003
  • Course Organizer, Image Based Rendering, SIGGRAPH 1998
  • Invited Speaker, 1st Symposium on Geometry Processing, 2003


  • Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, Nominee, 2003
  • SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award, 2002
  • Sloan Fellowship, 1998
  • NSF CAREER Award, 1997