04 November 2019

Thirty-two people from all over the world have been selected to become members of the newly formed IEEE Visualization Academy, and one of them is Anders Ynnerman, professor of science visualisation at LiU. “It’s extremely gratifying to be recognised as one of the pioneers”, he says.

Portrait of Anders Ynnerman presenting in the dome theatre.
Anders Ynnerman in the Dome theatre. Thor Balkhed

Visualisation as a research area has existed for more than 40 years. One of the true pioneers in the field is Professor Anders Ynnerman, head of the Division for Media and Information Technology at Campus Norrköping, director of Visualization Center C, and next year he will take the role of programme director of WASP, the Wallenberg AI Autonomous System and Software Program.

In 2018 he received the IEEE Visualization Technical Achievement Award for his contributions to the development of volume visualisation with applications in areas such as medicine, that according to the citation have had major significance both for medicine and for spreading science and research to the general public.

”Many have seen our medical visualisation work and in particular the virtual autopsy table, but our research spans so many other application areas. Right now, we are focusing much on visualisation of AI, and of course our astronomical visualisation in the dome”.

World leading research

IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is a worldwide organisation for researchers and engineers in the field of electronics, with 423,000 members in 160 countries. The organisation has decided to collect the world’s leading researchers in the field of visualisation in the IEEE Visualization Academy, a visualisation hall of fame. Initially, 32 members have been elected, all of whom have received one of the IEEE Visualization awards during their career.

“It’s a great honour to be elected to this academy, consisting of leading researchers from all over the world who have created and developed visualisation as a field of research during the past 40 years”, says Anders Ynnerman.

Membership involves being a consultative body for the IEEE, and acting as mentor for talented young researchers within visualisation.

Translated by George Farrants

Anders Ynnerman member of the IEEE Visualization Academy

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