Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Timo Ropinski

Timo Ropinski leads the Visual Computing Group at Ulm University. Previously, he served as a full professor at Linköping University in Sweden, where he led the Scientific Visualization Group. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Münster in 2004 and completed his habilitation there in 2009.

Scientific Activities

Chairing (Selection):

International Program Committees (Selection):

  • Eurographics Symposium on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM)
  • IEEE Scientific Visualization (SciVis)
  • IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis)
  • IEEE Pacific Visualization (PaVis)
  • Eurographics/VGTC Conference on Visualization (EuroVis)
  • Eurographics Conference (EG)

Funded Projects as PI (Selection):

  • TransNav - A 3D Mutimodal Navigation System for Transvascular Interventions (BMBF, 2019-2023)
  • VIGATU - Teaching Endoscopy in Virtual Reality (BMBF, 2020-2023)
  • AktiSMartKI - Identification of Complex Activity Patterns through Smart Sensors in Geriatric Rehabilitation (BMG, 2020-2022)
  • ABEM - Attention-based Segmentation and Reconstruction of Macromolecular Structures in Electron Microscopy Data (Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, 2020-2022)
  • Visual Analysis of Protein-Ligand Interactions (DFG, 2018-2021)
  • Interoperable Extension of the Inviwo Visualization Software (DFG, 2018-2021)
  • Interactive 3D-Visualisation of Multiparametric Cardiovascular Imaging Data (DFG subproject of SFB 656, 2005-2011)

Prizes & Awards (Selection)

  • Best Paper Award, ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Symposium on Visualization 2016
  • Best Poster Award, IEEE Scientific Visualization 2014
  • Second Best Paper Award, Spring Conference on Computer Graphics 2013
  • Honorable Mention, Eurographics Price for Visual Computing in Medicine 2011
  • Winning Entry, IEEE Visualization Contest on Surgery Planning 2010
  • Honorable Mention for Best Paper, EGUK Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics 2009
  • Best Paper Award, Virtual Reality International Conference 2008
  • Honorable Mention for Best Poster, IEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2008

Reviewing (Selection):


  • Lecture Course: 3D Deep Learning (English)
  • Lecture Course: Data Visualization (English)
  • Lecture Course: Interactive Computer Graphics (English, Mandatory Bachelor Media Informatics)
  • Lecture Course: Digitale Medien (German, Mandatory Bachelor Media Informatics)
  • Seminar: Research Trends in Visual Computing (English)
  • Seminar: Visual Computing (German)
  • Proseminar: Visual Computing (German)
  • Project/Applied Subject: 3D Deep Learning (German/English)
  • Project/Applied Subject: Data Visualization (German/English)
  • Project/Applied Subject: Computer Graphics (German/English)

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University Administration

  • Member of the Doctoral Committee for Computer Science, Ulm University (since 2017)
  • Dean of Studies for Computer Science, Ulm University (2020-2023)
  • Associate Dean of Computer Science, Ulm University (2020-2023)
  • Chair of the Examination Committee for Computer Science, Media Informatics, and Software Engineering, Ulm University (2017-2020)
  • Chair of the Examination Committee for Cognitive Systems, Ulm University (2017-2020)
  • Chair of the Examination Committee for Computational Science and Engineering, Ulm University (2015-2017)