Leif Kobbelt - Biography#

Leif Kobbelt is a professor of Computer Science with a specialization in Computer Graphics and Geometry Processing. Since 2001 he is the head of the Institute for Computergraphics and Multimedia at RWTH Aachen University.

After receiving his diploma in 1992 and his PhD in 1994 in Computer Science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (both with distinction) he worked at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Max Planck Institute of Computer Science before he moved to RWTH Aachen University in 2001. His major research interests include 3D reconstruction, efficient geometry processing, realistic realtime rendering and (mobile) multimedia applications.

Kobbelt published a substantial number of influential papers in international top-conferences and journals.

His current h-index (as of 2015) is at 58 according to Google Scholar with a total number of more than 12.000 citations.

For his research he was awarded with a number of renowned academic prices including the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz price in 2000, the Eurographics Outstanding Technical Contribution Award 2004, the Günther Enderle Award (in 1999 and 2012), an ERC Advanced Grant 2013 and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2014 - which his the most prestigious award from the German Research Foundation.

He has been named a Fellow of the Eurographics Association (2008) and a Distinguished Professor of RWTH Aachen University (2013). In addition, he also acts as a consultant, reviewer, and editor for international companies, research organizations and journals respectively.

Prof. Kobbelt is a principal investigator in several major third-party funded research projects, including the excellence cluster UMIC (2006-2012, total budget >40M€) and the graduate school AICES (since 2006, total budget >15M€) both funded through the German excellence initiative. In his ERC Advanced Grant project ACROSS (2014-2018, total budget 2.5M€) he acts as the sole PI.
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