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Prof. Dr.

Markus Gross

Year of election: 2011
Section: Informatics
City: Zurich
Country: Switzerland
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Major scientific interests: Algorithms for stereoscopic film production, realistic simulations of human faces, material synthesis for physical animations

Markus Gross is a computer scientist. For more than 20 years, he has provided significant scientific contributions to the field of visual computing, particularly computer animation, visualization, geometric modeling and physically based simulation. Most of his research has been carried out at the ETH Computer Graphics Laboratory, which he founded in 1994 and continuously developed into one of world´s leading centers in visual computing.

Gross is one of the pioneers of point based graphics. His research contributed significantly to the scientific understanding of points as primitives for the mathematical representation and display of 3-dimensional geometry. He also developed the world’s first architecture for efficient point rendering. In addition, Gross and his students have created numerous algorithms for the numerical simulation of physical phenomena, such as deformations, fracture or fluids. These methods are being utilized in medical as well as in entertainment applications around the world.

Since 2008, Gross is also the director of Disney Research Zurich, one of worldwide two research laboratories of the Walt Disney Company.


  • since 2008 Director of Disney Research Zurich (DRZ), Switzerland
  • 2004-2007 Head of the Institute for Computational Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
  • since 1997 Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH); Founder of the Computer Graphics Laboratory (CGL) within the department of Computer Science
  • 1995 Habilitation
  • 1994 Assistant Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
  • 1991 Founder of the Visual Computing Group, 1991-1994 Head of the group
  • 1990-1994 Scientific Assistant, Computer Graphics Center in Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1989-1991 Computer Graphics Center in Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1989 Ph.D., Saarland University, Germany
  • 1986 Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Saarland University, Germany


  • Member of the scientific advisory boards of the German Institute of Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Member of the curatorium of the Fraunhofer-Institute of Computer Graphics, Germany
  • Member of the curatorium of the VR-VIS research center in Vienna, Austria
  • Member of the executive committee of Eurographics

Honours and Memberships

  • since 2019 Member of the IEEE 2019 Visualization Academy
  • since 2019 Member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Academy)
  • 2018 Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • since 2018 Member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea
  • since 2017 Member of the Schweizerische Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften SATW
  • 2015 Visualization Career Award of the IEEE Visualization & Graphics Technical Community (VGTC)
  • 2013 Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • 2013 Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize
  • 2013 Konrad Zuse Medal
  • since 2011 Member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2011 Swiss ICT Champions Award
  • 2010 Technical Achievement Award from EUROGRAPHICS
  • 2006/2008 Best paper award from the Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP)
  • 1995/2007 Günter Enderle Award of Eurographics
  • Member of ACM, of ACM SIGGRAPH, of GI and a senior member of IEEE
  • Fellow of Eurographics




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