Hans-Christian Hege is head of the Department ‘Visual Data Analysis’ at Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). After studying physics and mathematics he continued with postgraduate studies in computational physics and quantum field theory at Freie Universität Berlin (1984-1989). Then he joined ZIB as a scientific consultant for high-performance computing. In 1991, he started to build up at ZIB the department for Scientific Visualization (now: Visual Data Analysis), where research in visual data analysis is conducted and visualization software is developed, such as Amira/Avizo and Biosphere3D.
He co-founded three companies: Mental Images (1986; now: NVIDIA Advanced Rendering Center), Indeed-Visual Concepts (1999; now: Visage Imaging), and Lenné3D (2005).
His research interests include visual computing and visual data analysis, with applications in life sciences, natural sciences and digital humanities. He taught as guest professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and as honorary professor at the German Film School (University for Digital Media Production) / Film School Babelsberg / Mediadesign Hochschule. He is faculty member of the Berlin School Mathematics (BMS).
He is member of the Editorial Boards of the book series “Mathematics + Visualization” (Springer) as well as of the scientific journals “Computing and Visualization in Science” and “GMS Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie”. He acts or acted as co-chair of many conferences, workshops and events, among them IEEE VIS 2018 (including the conferences Visual Analytics Science and Technology – VAST, Information Visualization – InfoVis, Scientific Visualization – SciVis), the Eurographics Medical Prize Competitions – EG MedPrize 2013 & 2015, Visualization in Medicine and Life Sciences – VMLS 2013 & 2009, EG/IEEE Symposium on Visualization – EuroVis 2009, IEEE/EG International Symposia on Volume Graphics – VG 2007 & 2008, Topology-Based Methods in Visualization – TopoInVis 2007, Visualization and Mathematics – VisMath 2002, 1997 & 1995, as well as the VideoMath Festival at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) 1998.
He is a member of ACM, IEEE, Eurographics (since 2016 elected fellow), GI, DPG and CURAC.