Hanspeter Pfister named director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science

October 15, 2013
Hanspeter Pfister named director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science

Pfister assumes leadership of IACS during the first year of Harvard's master's program in Computational Science and Engineering

Hanspeter Pfister has been named director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

Pfister is An Wang Professor of Computer Science at SEAS and also holds an appointment as an Affiliate Faculty Member of Harvard’s Center for Brain Science. His research lies at the intersection of visualization, computer graphics, and computer vision. His lab at SEAS works on a wide range of topics, including biomedical visualization, image and video analysis, 3D fabrication, and data science.

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 in 1991 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

Prior to his appointment at Harvard, Pfister 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 hardware for PCs.

Pfister assumes leadership of IACS from Efthimios Kaxiras, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics at SEAS, who served from 2010 to 2013 as the Founding Director of IACS.

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