Pere Brunet#

Pere Brunet is Industrial Engineer (1971) from the Barcelona School of Engineers (UPC) and Doctor in Industrial Engineering (1976) from the Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC) with a special outstanding recognition.

He is a Full Professor in Computer Science at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. He is actively working in Computer Science since 1967. He is the head of the UPC Research Group in Modeling, Visualization and Computer Graphics, and he was Vice President for Research at the Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya between 1988 and 1992.

He started is research work in Computer Graphics in 1979, his group being the pioneer on Computer Graphics research in Spain, leading afterwards to the creation of many other research groups in the country.

His research interests include geometric computer-assisted design, hierarchical geometric representations and virtual reality. His group works on different research projects and activities involving Virtual Reality and very complex models in a wide variety of fields such as geo-modeling, industrial design, cultural heritage, or the modeling and volume visualization in applications connected with medicine and health. The group keeps a strong international cooperation level and is active in Industry-based research.

He promoted the creation of the Virtual Reality Center in Barcelona, of which he is currently the scientific head, representing UPC. He has carried out research on fundamental and applied aspects of the generation and management of multi-resolution geometric models, on real-time navigation through highly complex virtual environments and on the implicit interaction in Virtual reality systems. He has contributed to the development of new modeling techniques based on discrete digital representations.

He has published many papers in reputed International Journals, and he has actively participated in, or has been invited to, a great number of International Conferences.

He is (or has been) a member of the Editorial Board of International Journals like Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Aided Geometric Design, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics and Computers & Graphics.

He has been active in International Scientific Organizations like Eurographics, IFIP and Siggraph. He was the Chairman of the Eurographics Association between 2001 and 2002.

He has been involved in evaluation tasks at the regional, national and international level. He was the Chairman of the Maths and CS TMR Netowrks panel of the European Union between 1997 and 1998. He has been a scientific consultant of Universities, International Associations and Research Funding Agencies.

He is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Spain, currently serving as Vice President. He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Engineering of Portugal, member of the CAETS Council and member of the EuroCASE Executive Committee. CAETS is the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, and EuroCASE is the European Consortium of National Academies of Science and Engineering. On 2008, he served as a member of the CAETS Board of Directors.

He has been honored with the silver medal from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and with the Narcís Monturiol medal from the Catalonia Government. He received the XI Catalan Foundation Prize for research in 2001. He received the Distinguished Career Award of the Eurographics Association in 2008, being the third recipient of this award.

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