Visualization research for real world solutions

I am a visualization researcher who focuses on developing fundamental concepts that find their application in real world solutions. I am passionate about the communication of science to both laymen and experts. I am the proud leader of a large research division with great people and have the privilege of being the director of a visualization center with research, education, innovation and public engagement as an agenda.

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I am involved in a large number of research projects ranging from low level computer graphics to applied visualization. Applications of my research are found in diverse areas such as medical visualization, astrophysics, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, and visual learning and communication.


I often present our research at conferences and am frequently invited to give keynotes at research conferences. I also give popular sicence talks on a range of topics related to my research and motivational talks about science and leadership to a general audience.

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Professor Ynnerman is currently the head of the Media and Information Technology division at the department of Science and Technology (ITN) at Linköping University and is the director of the Norrköping Visualization Center C. He is the head of a renowned research division in Visualization and Computer Graphics. He plays a leading role on the international visualization arena and is a frequently invited speaker at international conferences and other events.

Photo credit: Thor BalkhedDuring his career Anders Ynnerman has held several key academic leadership positions. In 1996 he founded the National Graduate School in Scientific Computing (NGSSC) with funding from the Foundation for Strategic Research. He directed NGSSC until 1999. In 1998 Ynnerman was appointed director of the National Supercomputer Centre (NSC), which is a focal point for high performance computing in Sweden. Under his leadership NSC expanded rapidly and became the largest center for HPC in Sweden and took a lead as a technology transfer site in the area of cluster computing. NSC also deepened and expanded its collaboration with Saab AB and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) during his time as director.

In 2002 Ynnerman proposed the formation of the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC), which is a metacenter involving the six major academic HPC centers in Sweden, including NSC. He was then appointed director of SNIC, and under his leadership significant additional funding from private sources, such as the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation, was obtained, effectively doubling the annual budget for Swedish HPC. He also represented Sweden and the Nordic region in several EU-projects and international committees. Through SNIC Sweden gained an important place in the European development of HPC and Grid computing. Ynnerman directed SNIC until 2006 and served as chair of the SNIC strategic advisory committee 2006–2009.

In 2001 and in collaboration with Sectra AB and colleagues at the University Hospital in Linköping, Ynnerman founded the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV), which has been selected as one of the strategic areas for LiU. Until 2015 he served as chair of the scientific advisory board of CMIV.

In 2000 Ynnerman founded the Norrköping Visualization Studio (NVIS), which from its inception constituted the leading laboratory for visualization and virtual reality in Sweden. NVIS has generated spin-off companies in visualization and physical simulation for computer graphics. The Norrköping Visualization Center is based on the success of NVIS, and Ynnerman is the director of the center, which builds on a collaboration between Linköping University, Norrköping Municipality, Norrköping Science Park and the Interactive Institute. The center hosts a large scale visualization arena with several visualization environments, including a dome theatre, and exhibit areas for the general public. The center was opened in May 2010 and constitutes a focal point for Visualization in Northern Europe.

Ynnerman has chaired and hosted several international conferences including EuroVis 2007 and Eurographics 2010, the largest conferences in visualisation and computer graphics in Europe. He served as the chair of the the Eurographics association 2014–2016. He is currently the chair of the Eurographics working group on Data Visualization and the chairman of the EuroVis steering committee.

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Academic Societies

  • Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
  • Fellow of the Eurographics Association
  • Member of IEEE
  • Member of ACM


  • 2017 - The King’s medal for contributions to medical image science
  • 2012 - The S:t Olof Gold Medal by Norrköping Municipality
  • 2011 - The Gold Medal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
  • 2010 - The Swedish Knowledge Award (Kunskapspriset)
  • 2009 - The Athena Award for best medical clinical research in Sweden
  • 2007 - The Golden Mouse Award for Swedish IT-person of the year
  • 2007 - The Akzo Nobel Science Award

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