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 a new department for Scientific Visualization; there research in visual data analysis is conducted and visualization software is developed, such as Amira 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 as well as applications in life sciences, natural sciences and engineering. 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.
He is member of the Editorial Boards of the scientific journals “Computing and Visualization in Science” and “GMS Medizinische Informatik, Biometrie und Epidemiologie” as well as of the book series “Mathematics + Visualization” (Springer). He co-chaired the Eurographics Medical Prize Competitions – EG MedPrize 2013 and 2015, Visualization in Medicine and Life Sciences – VMLS 2013 and 2009, EG/IEEE Symposium on Visualization – EuroVis 2009, IEEE/EG International Symposia on Volume Graphics – VG 2007 and 2008, Topology-Based Methods in Visualization – TopoInVis 2007, Visualization and Mathematics – VisMath 2002, 1997 and 1995, as well as the VideoMath Festival at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) 1998.
He is a member of ACM, IEEE, Eurographics, GI, DPG and CURAC.