BiographyOliver Bimber became head of the Institute of Computer Graphics at Johannes Kepler University Linz in October 2009. From 2003-2010 he served as a Junior Professor of Augmented Reality at the Media System Science Department of Bauhaus-University Weimar, and as an Interim Professor of Computer Graphics at the Computer Science Department of the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus (2008/2009). He received a Ph.D. (2002) in Engineering from Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, and a Habilitation degree (2007) in Computer Science (Informatik) at Munich University of Technology. From 2001 to 2002 Bimber worked as a senior researcher at the Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics in Providence, RI/USA, and from 1998 to 2001 he was a scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics in Rostock, Germany. He received the degree of Dipl. Inform. FH (1998) in Scientific Computing from the University of Applied Science Giessen-Friedberg and a B.Sc. (1998) degree in Commercial Computing from the Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Bimber co-authored the book "Displays: Fundamentals and Applications" with Rolf R. Hainich, the book "Spatial Augmented Reality" with Ramesh Raskar (MIT), numerous journal articles and many other per-reviewed publications. Since 2005 he has served on the editorial board of the IEEE Computer Magazine. He and his group in Weimar received several scientific awards for their research and inventions including the iENA Gold Medal (2008), the Laval Virtual Award (2002 and 2005), and several best paper and best thesis awards. His students have won scientific competitions, such as the ACM Siggraph Student Research Competition (2006 and 2008), and the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Final (2006) that was presented together with the Turing award. The VIOSO GmbH was founded in his group. Since 2005, VIOSO has received several start-up awards, such as the Innovation Award 2008 (Innovationspreis der Initiative Mittelstand), the German Start-Up Award (Deutscher Gründerpreis, 2nd place) 2007, the Start-Up Award of the Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWT) 2006 (Gründerwettbewerb -- Mit Multimedia erfolgreich starten), and an Exist-Seed Start-Up Award of the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) 2005.
Bimber's research interests include visual computing, real-time rendering and visualization, computer vision, image analysis and processing, optics, and human visual perception in the context of next-generation display and imaging technologies.
Besides work, he likes flying (glider planes) and spending as much time as possible with his wife, Melanie, and his dog, Bailey. We enjoy running and traveling.
Editorial Board: IEEE Computer (Graphics and Multimedia Editor) since 2005
Editorial Board: Computer Graphics Forum since 2011
Editorial Board: Computers & Graphics since 2011
Guest Editor: IEEE Computer, vol. 44, no. 7, 2011, Special Issue on Computational Archeology
Guest Editor: IEEE Computer, vol. 43 no. 6, 2010, Special Issue on Capturing the World
Guest Editor: IEEE Computer, vol. 42, no. 7, 2009, Special Issue on Visual Effects and Beyond
Guest Editor: IEEE Computer, vol. 41, no. 10, 2008, Special Issue on Brain-Computer Interfaces
Guest Editor: IEEE Computer, vol. 39, no. 8, 2006, Special Issue on Computational Photography
Guest Editor: IEEE Computer, vol. 38, no. 8, 2005, Special Issue on Ultimate Display Technologies
Guest Editor: Computers and Graphics, vol. 25, no. 5, 2001, Special Issue on Mixed Realities - Beyond Conventions
Reviews: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), Presence, Computers and Graphics, Intl. Journal of Computer Vision, IET Optoelectronics Journal, IEEE Computer, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, Journal of Imaging Science and Technology, ACM Transactions on Graphics, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, ...
International Steering Committee: IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Augmented and Mixed Reality since 2007
General Co-Chair: IEEE ProCams 2007
General Co-Chair: IKM Workshop on Computer Vision and Image Processing 2006
Program Co-Chair: IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Augmented and Mixed Reality 2008 (ISMAR'08)
Program Co-Chair: IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Augmented and Mixed Reality 2005 (ISMAR'05)
Awards Chair: IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Augmented and Mixed Reality 2009 (ISMAR'09)
Tutorial Co-Chair: IEEE Virtual Reality 2009 (VR'09)
Demo Co-Chair: International Conference on Computer Vision 2009 (ICCV'09)
Publication Chair: IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Augmented and Mixed Reality 2004 (ISMAR'04)
Area Chair: IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Augmented and Mixed Reality (ISMAR) 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010
International Program Committee: International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC), IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Augmented and Mixed Reality (ISMAR), IEEE International Workshop on Projector-Camera Systems (ProCams), IEEE Virtual Reality (VR), Joint Virtual Reality Conference (JVRC),...
Reviews: ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM SIGGRAPH Asia, ACM SIGCHI, EUROGRAPHICS (EG), IEEE Virtual Reality (IEEE VR), Immersive Projection Technology Workshop / Eurographics Workshop on Virtual Environments (IPT/EGVE), IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Augmented and Mixed Reality (ISMAR), ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST), IEEE ProCams, ...
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Visual computing, real-time rendering and visualization, computer vision, image analysis and processing, optics, and human visual perception in the context of next-generation display and imaging technologies.
Flying (glider planes), running, traveling (if not business).